Lotto winner takes up golf

2009-08-13 19:02

Johannesburg - An experienced teacher might give up his career after winning R10 million, Lotto officials said on Thursday.

"A  Gauteng teacher is considering calling it a day after collecting his fortune," Lotto Gidani spokesperson Thembi Tulwana said.

She said the teacher, who was not named, is considering taking up new hobbies and donating some of the winnings to his church.

"This is exactly what Lotto is all about: changing people's lives, realising dreams and helping those that are less fortunate," Tulwana said.

The statement quotes the winner as saying he could not believe his luck as he watched the numbers being called out.

"I was sitting alone at home watching the draw [on television] and all of a sudden Nimrod started calling out my numbers... On the third number, I stood up and I felt like my heart was skipping a beat. At the end of it all, I honestly couldn't believe my luck."

The winner said he planned to change his lifestyle.

"I've always wanted to join the gym and live a healthy lifestyle, but never managed to find the time and money to do so.

"Also, I've always heard others talk about the joys of playing golf and now I can satisfy this dream to network on the golf course."

The winner also said he was an avid churchgoer and intended to share his good fortune with his fellow congregants.

"I want more people to feel and get what I've always felt and received by going to church and I will donate some of my fortune to my church.

"I love going to church on Sundays and also getting involved in church activities... Church is a very good place for one to get spiritual guidance and a place to feed your soul with righteousness," the Lotto winner said.