A week after it was announced that the winning Lotto ticket for the record-breaking Powerball jackpot was purchased in Cape Town, the winner has finally come forward to claim their tremendous winnings.
The instant millionaire has been identified as a 57-year-old man who currently works in a blue-collar job and has said that he will put his winnings towards educating his children as a top priority as well as providing for them like he couldn’t before. The winner says he will not quit his job or change much in his life, he will simply take it day to day.
The first thing he will do with his winnings is buy a home so that him and his children can live under the same roof happily. He says they will live their lives much like they always have but with less struggle.
Surprisingly enough, the lucky winner has been playing the same numbers that won him the jackpot since 2007.
He will undergo psychological and financial sessions to help him cope with his sudden change of fortune and support him with any mental health issues that may arise. Winners of large lottery prizes can develop such issues due to feuds that occasionally occur among family and friends.
According to Lotto representatives, winners have exactly 365 days from the date of the draw to claim their winnings. If winners miss the deadline, the commission does not recognise their winning ticket.
Many locals had feared the ticket would go unclaimed, and are happy to see that a Capetonian has scooped up the major prize, finally bringing the Powerball-winning drought to an end.
His winning numbers were 4, 18, 21, 26, 35 and Powerball 5. He purchased the lucky ticket at the OK Mini Mart in Tygerdaln for R22.50, and won R232 131 750.