Durban - A former lottery winner accused of stealing R250 appeared in the Pietermaritzburg District Court on Tuesday.

Dayalin Maslamoney, 39, a former policeman who won R10.4 million in the lottery, is facing charges of theft and of impersonating a police officer. The matter was postponed to March 17.

He won the lotto in April 2009 with a R50 QuickPick ticket. In March last year, Maslamoney divorced his wife, Reena Pillay. She received R2.5 million, half of what was in their joint account.

A report in the Sunday Times quoted his attorney Siva Chetty as saying: “He invested his portion of the estate in a chicken franchise (and) lost everything when he didn't abide by the rules of the franchise.

Maslamoney is now penniless and sharing a tiny flat with two siblings in Pietermaritzburg, Chetty said.

Testifying earlier in support of his bail application, Maslamoney said he lived in a house owned by his ex-wife and earned R20 000 a month working in two video rental shops she owned.

He and another man allegedly stormed into a house, wearing civilian clothes, produced a name badge bearing police insignia and demanded money. Maslamoney is out on bail of R2000.

Sapa