Johannesburg - The winner of the biggest PowerBall jackpot - R145 million - said on Tuesday that he was still in shock and disbelief following the multi-million rand windfall that has turned his life upside down.
The winner of the biggest ever Powerball spent a mere R20 on their ticket bought at Evander Dienstasie, 1 Rotter Dam Road, Evander, in Mpumalanga on Friday. The winning numbers were 1, 15, 23, 24, 35 and Powerball 4.
Speaking after claiming his prize money at Ithuba Holdings offices in Johannesburg, the 34-year-old engineer from Ekurhuleni said that he was a long-time lottery player and always knew that one day he would win the jackpot as he kept on playing the same numbers even though he had never won any substantial amount.
The winner said he plans to invest his winnings in business investments and helping to uplift members of his family to earn an income through their own initiatives.
"I played the numbers on Tuesday for R5 when the jackpot was R125 million and no one won it. On Friday I was chilling with friends but I couldn't help the feeling that I needed to go play PowerBall. So I went there just before 8 pm and played the same numbers because something was telling me that, hey, these are the numbers. I even prayed just before I paid for the ticket. I only checked my ticket on my phone around 2 pm on Saturday and when I realised that only one person won the jackpot, I couldn't believe that I had won. I immediately told my wife who was busy cleaning the house," he said with a smile.