Free State man wins R100m in PowerBall

2011-06-10 13:45

Johannesburg - A man in his twenties from the Free State was the winner of the R100m PowerBall game, national lotto operator Gidani said on Friday.

Spokesperson Thembi Tulwana said the young businessman in the transport industry said the money would add to his savings and would assist him in paying off his debts.

"I am really looking forward to an easier and fulfilling life," he told Gidani.

The PowerBall game had produced 28 millionaires to date.

  • Dropa - 2011-06-10 13:56

    Sounds like the good old story......the rich get richer. Congrats guy.

      Lauren - 2011-06-10 14:16

      How do you know that he is rich?

      Ntebo More - 2011-06-10 14:19

      shoo, is he married?

      saywhat - 2011-06-10 14:19

      he is a businessman in the transport industry Lauren. he definitely isn’t poor!

      Kenno - 2011-06-10 14:28

      @saywhat...he is a taxi driver!!

      onmyway - 2011-06-10 14:39

      I doubt that he WAS rich, as the article states that it will assist in paying off his debt. Sh1t, R100m will only ASSIST! He is one poor dude!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-10 14:50

      Just between you & wasn't me :(

      Abongile - 2011-06-10 14:57

      A taxi driver is rich?

      GT - 2011-06-10 15:09

      DROPA talk about bitter and twisted. Did you even buy a ticket? R100 mill will make anyone insanely wealthy. I also think that people regard a fancy car as wealth... when 9/10 it is owned by the bank

      GrainOfTruth - 2011-06-10 16:05

      No man. "businessman in the transport industry" = taxi driver

      croix - 2011-06-10 16:31

      @ morentebo - you gold-digger!

      Brieuse - 2011-06-11 06:41

      lol, dry humour missed by most

  • Rapier - 2011-06-10 13:56

    Would love to have won, like MANY others, and I am not sour grapes - but it makes for amusing reading when you read "Assist in paying off debts" - REALLY?

      Otelo - 2011-06-10 14:01

      I don't think this man knows the value of 100 Million Rands...and hence he speaks of debts- as if he's gonna pay them off and buy his dad a fathers day present with the small change left over

      McDaNife - 2011-06-10 14:16

      I think I am related to this guy, need to find out where he lives.

      Jayden - 2011-06-10 14:17

      Jep, one months interest will amount to over half a million rand. Maybe his transport business is R150 million in

      Gorilla - 2011-06-10 14:41

      Jayden. How do work that out?

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-11 21:38

      Gorilla R100 000 000 x 5/100 x 1/12 = approx R420 000 a month interest at 5% interest p.a.

  • Barry - 2011-06-10 13:58

    Well done my China Just beware that the biggest spongers will also be hanging around you now.

  • Lebzaton - 2011-06-10 13:58

    you lucky man

  • maseratifitt - 2011-06-10 14:00

    These stories need to be published every now and then, to make people believe that they can actually win. I am convinced these huge jackpots go straight to Chancellor House.

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-06-10 14:01

    congrats! May he do good with the money and may he rule it and not the other way round.

  • kaz - 2011-06-10 14:02

    lucky lucky lucky man all the best for the future hope it doesnt go to your head

      Brewster - 2011-06-10 16:32

      How the hell do you spend R100 mil? I have no idea, but would love to have a go at it!!

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-10 14:04

    "...said the money would add to his savings and would assist him in paying off his debts..." Debt??? Hell!! How much debt does he have???

      DW - 2011-06-10 14:12

      Well when he gets the payout, I guess he wont have any more, will he?

      Shistirrer - 2011-06-10 14:16

      They asked him "...and the rest?" He replied "They'll have to wait."

  • Lulama Ndukwana - 2011-06-10 14:04

    Good luck in the future chief...enjoy save some for your kids

  • Ruan - 2011-06-10 14:05

    "add to his savings and would assist him paying off his debts." WOW! To be in your 20's and winning the Powerball is only "ASSISTING" to pay off your debts! LOL! Congratulations and spend it wisely!

  • ZACKIE - 2011-06-10 14:09

    why dont they divide the R100m up into R10mX10 more will benefit from this..why does one lucky guy get the whole pot is he related to JZ?

      DW - 2011-06-10 14:14

      Because he had the lucky numbers. There was no-one else, otherwise they would have split it. That is how the Powerball works, and the reason why people buy the tickets. You sound a bit sour. Jealous, are you?

      djmilano.26 - 2011-06-10 14:15

      you have zumaphobia

      peter.saaiman - 2011-06-10 14:33

      HE WON THE POWERBALL, that is why they cant divide it by ten. duh

      Gorilla - 2011-06-10 14:43

      Zackie? Surely you can't be serious? He won the jackpot, good on him.

  • skully - 2011-06-10 14:09

    Hey that was my money

      Andy49 - 2011-06-10 19:21

      not anymore, it's now his.

  • SexyTshepo - 2011-06-10 14:20

    Please donate 10 million to the ANC the party who liberated you..... this will ensure you are blessed by the ancestors.... otherwise i see bad luck for you

      Christo - 2011-06-10 14:26

      bwhahahah!!! you funny guy..

      Spoofed - 2011-06-10 14:34

      After winning R100mil.. bad luck is a joke rofl

      Felix - 2011-06-10 14:55

      They'll get his taxes to waste anyway.

      Albo - 2011-06-10 15:18

      Please use 10 million for a hit-man for juju!!!

      USSA - 2011-06-10 19:19

      Please donate R10 to me to klap Sexytshepo. This will ensure he wakes up!

      jsgroen - 2011-06-11 09:04

      I see a bit of humor in the comment.

  • Nawe - 2011-06-10 14:21

    @ morentebo what makes u think the guy has any interest in you? have you ever thought to yourself why u single & miserable? Learn to make your own money & stop litching off guys! Sies! Bloody Peasant!

      Ntebo More - 2011-06-10 15:50

      WTF I was just trying to make a confession you DI*K or did your girlfriend leave you for your DAD?

  • poolboy - 2011-06-10 14:26

    OK, I'll be honest, I'm damn jealous!!! :-)

      kaMazibuko - 2011-06-10 14:30

      me too

      Spoofed - 2011-06-10 14:38

      Yea i spent 2 hours strategically filling in numbers on my tickets lol and he wins with a R10.50 quick pick lol but Grats guy.. enjoy and hope you spend some of those millions on a well deserving charity..

  • dismyopinie - 2011-06-10 14:36

    Hou kop ou maat.

  • Enuff - 2011-06-10 14:41

    Sooooooooooooooo jealous (who isn't). But congrats and good luck dude!

  • TheUgly - 2011-06-10 14:50

    I don't think this Powerball thing is ligit. I think they make sure the jackpot is "won" by a friend of a friend of a friend. This makes the corruption untraceable and about 20 well connected people score out of the scam. I would like to see this guy's bank account. I grantee you there is only about 20 million as a down payment for being the scapegoat. If there is appropriately 100 million (minus the tax) in his account... then I'm wrong. Let's see...

      Johnny - 2011-06-10 15:01

      this is great news for the tax man

      arrie1912 - 2011-06-10 15:30

      powerball aint taxable!

      Lidia Theron - 2011-06-10 17:15

      No tax to be paid on price money.

      ALFAholic - 2011-06-10 18:58

      No tax payable yet, April next year there will be tax 25 % I think

      Anne1 - 2011-06-11 21:57

      This is corruption at it's best !! Tickets are purchased, in most cases, with after-tax income and include 14% Vat and the winnings are to be taxed as well? If I'm not mistaken, this money is/will be triple-taxed

  • alexander.lombard - 2011-06-10 14:51

    Now he can get out of the tranestort bussines. Happy days bugger.

      Skuinskoek - 2011-06-11 09:05

      Ja, how about he buys the Railways and get it going? We'll all love amd he'll make even more!

  • dr - 2011-06-10 14:54

    It looks like they guy is still in Lost City in Rustenburg, how much debt he's having, I still thing his clueless this dude that R100m is real money no manga-manga business. Boy u defenately need a financial adviser here 2 calculate these figures bcause most of those guys who won Powerball or Lotto are now broke . In our languange we call this kind of money a "Ghost Money" “Imali yezipoko” easy come easy go boy bware. Just imagine this money will add on my savings. Only if u were staying in Britain boy where they use pounds and R100m is converted then to pound then its little money..

      USSA - 2011-06-10 15:00

      Nonsense...even in Britain it is a heap of cash!

  • knfie - 2011-06-10 14:55

    prove it. u a bunch of liers

  • matlock - 2011-06-10 14:56

    Don't know about the conspiracy theories, but find it rather strange that in a News24 article exactly a year ago, both winners said exactly the same thing - "I am really looking forward to an easier and fulfilling life".

      matlock - 2011-06-10 15:19

      In fact the June 2011 article on the National lottery site is a cut and paste job of the June 2010 article: June 2010 - June 2011 -

  • USSA - 2011-06-10 14:57

    Congratulations! (I admit I am jealous...spend it well!) I am happy for you!

  • Abongile - 2011-06-10 14:58

    He's a taxi driver.

  • MyMening - 2011-06-10 15:18

    Glad I didn't win the money, honestly, no sour grapes, I love life too much to be worrying about managing so much cash. I'm proud because I worked for the money I have and it's more than enough; no bad conscience, no headaches, no slave to mammon.

  • errolsnr.oake - 2011-06-10 15:22

    Nice try lucky Chappie, I wish the same happened for me. any donation

  • Bill - 2011-06-10 15:26

    Luchy bugger.....but then, you have to be in it to win it, so well done! Life changing indeed...!

  • Poppy007 - 2011-06-10 15:52

    Why did it take this dude so long to come forward? Is there anybody in the Free State that confirm this? Im still skeptical about this! There is NO winner! Dont be fooled!

  • popeye - 2011-06-10 16:12

    Lotto winnings is not Taxable at this stage, the interest on it is taxable I read that from next year, lotto winnings will be taxed

  • popeye - 2011-06-10 16:18

    I also think that we should be happy for who ever wins a lotto. No matter if the guy is rich or poor Thats the carrot.. The government makes money, and give some back to a lucky ticket holder. What is very strange... For weeks, no one wins anything, than they decide someone MUST win a draw. The white balls scramble in the air, lands in the pipe, and wallah....that combination exist that night Now you tell me.. How do that happen? For me, yes its rigged, no question, I still buy a ticket, hoppefully one day they make a mistake and I gets lucky Good luck to all the winners. Dont be stupid. put it away for 3 months, get over the shock and save it wisely. You do not need to invest, you already got enough. The government os going to take a lot, so dont take change and invest.. Put it in a savings account, gets the return, spend it till you understand the enormity of the money.

  • 2c - 2011-06-10 16:26

    If I had won that money, I would immediatly sell my house and move closer to work.

  • StBad - 2011-06-10 16:30

    'assist him in paying off his debt''- crumbs how much does he have then?

  • Flee - 2011-06-10 16:50

    Maybe I should ask him to give me a coupla mill to help me pay off my debt?? Is he single.. Im willing '-) LMFAO.....

  • coconuts - 2011-06-10 17:39

    Hope he gets good financial advice or it will all be gone in 5 years or so - yes I am also wishing it was me

  • CPII - 2011-06-10 18:41

    Such a magnitude of money....death warrant for 95% of the population :(

  • Siphoxxx - 2011-06-10 19:05

    that monees should b given to malema for presadancies race as we want him to be charge to fix this mess !

      USSA - 2011-06-10 19:17

      Once again..please get a butter knife and saw off your wrists. it would mean more to us than your stupid comment.

  • martin - 2011-06-10 20:30

    Anyone who plays the lottery each week should check out "The Lottery Code" which is available for free from The author discovered a hidden code in the British Lottery in 1995, and cracked the code. It revealed 302 messages, and special lottery numbers. I am sure this Powerball winner used this lottery book.

  • martin - 2011-06-10 20:34

    Anyone who plays the lottery each week should check out "The Lottery Code" The author discovered a hidden code in the British Lottery in 1995, and cracked the code.

  • Stefan - 2011-06-10 22:46

    Congrats :)

      Stefan - 2011-06-10 22:48

      Maybe he can fund the assassination of Malema and Mugabe ?

  • vusi22 - 2011-06-11 08:11

    What is his colour?

  • calvin jacobs - 2011-06-11 09:15

    i think only black people win these lotto games, the same with yebo millionaires. We never see on tv, a white or coloured people win high stakes of money. Thats Y they also introduced the new RICA, so that the service providers can check to whom they should give the money to.

  • Mziros - 2011-06-11 10:30

    I don't believe this, Gidani is playing fools with us

  • onetickie - 2011-06-11 12:51

    My comment is being repeatedly deleted so think I'm right, something they're hiding.

  • Razz-ma-Tazz - 2011-06-11 18:18

    Hi Guys, I am the accountant of the winner. Yes, he is 26 yrs old, unmarried and owns 4 hose & trailer trucks. He is a brilliant entrepreneur.Its the second time in 3 years that he won the Lotto.

  • John - 2011-06-11 18:36

    Congratulations...Well done..Your future is sorted..Again, well done.

  • changeisGood - 2011-06-11 18:46

    congratulations Free State man, hope you will be using your money wisely.

  • NOFX1609 - 2011-06-12 00:20

    it would 'assist' him paying off his debt. how much does this guy have?

  • pitbull - 2011-06-12 08:07

    Excellent. I am glad someone interesting won it. Lotteries are not legit. I work hard to make whatever little money this corrupt government lets me make after taking 50% of my earnings in taxes. I don't see the point in buying a ticket on the very slim off chance I might win something. Very little of that money actually goes to the charities they are supposed to support. The first money that is distributed is to the admin of the lotteries and as sure as hell the administrators are not working for charity. Their salaries are higher than most people's. I want to see the financial records of Gidani to ensure that they are as honest as they say. I bet they wouldn't let me see the books.

  • jywilmos - 2011-06-12 08:49

    Add to his savings? WTF?

  • Tony T - 2011-06-12 10:38

    How can a taxi driver be able to have debts..??? I dont think he's a taxi driver... Taxi businezz is alwayz used to hide All illigitimate accumulation of wealth... He must have been stinking rich all along... How? Don't Know.. How can 100m "assist" in paying off debts???