The rag to riches story of the fortunate SA man has renewed the inspiration of many citizens. He reported to the operator that he has‚ without fail‚ always played specific numbers and trusted that some day his numbers will come through, the excited millionaire narrated to lottery operator Ithuba.
The winner‚ who has asked not to be named‚ bought his two winning tickets with the same numbers from two different stores in the east of Johannesburg.
He bought the first ticket on a Friday morning while on his way to work and forgot that he had played‚ and made another bet later on the same day.
On that PowerBall draw‚ the jackpot was R30.6 million. There were four winning tickets each worth R7.6 million.
The lucky Johannesburg-based engineer walked away with R15.2 million.
The PowerBall draw took place on 24 March 2017.
The first winning ticket was bought at One Stop Spar in Kempton Park where he played for R45 and the second winning ticket was purchased at Brenthurst Supermarket‚ Brakpan‚ where he also played for another R45. Upon discovering that he had won‚ he kept on checking and re-checking his two tickets‚ in disbelief.
The winner says he plans on investing most of his winnings which will go towards retirement and also settle all of his debts including his bond and car repayments.
He was one of the people affected by the Johannesburg floods last year where his car was swept away by the floods.
“This is indeed a miracle‚ as I can now pay off the debt I had incurred for the new vehicle and also help those in need around me”‚ said the PowerBall winner.
He described the experience as surreal and unbelievable. “My wife and I still wake up in the middle of the night in disbelief.”
When asked whether he will continue working‚ he replied in the affirmative. “I will continue working and later retire on the coast”.