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Leave lotto winner alone - govt

2010-02-15 20:10

Johannesburg - Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities Minister Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya on Monday asked the community to stop asking for money from the R91m Lotto winner.

Mayende-Sibiya "called on the community to desist from harassing the family", her department said in a statement.

The minister also congratulated lotto winner Stanley Philander, who is a deaf and mute cleaner in Western Cape.

"It's wonderful to learn that the PowerBall Jackpot has finally been won. This record price (sic) will change the life of the winner forever.

"However, we need also to remind people to play responsibly as it is not all of us who can become millionaires," said Mayende-Sibiya.

Philander reportedly won the jackpot on Friday and since then has been visited by a constant stream of family, friends and even strangers asking him for money.

The Star newspaper reported that Philander, his wife and two children have been moved from their wooden shack behind the home of a relative to an undisclosed location. The relative believes that authorities from the national lottery are responsible for the move.

A spokesperson for Gidani, the company which administers the lottery, told the newspaper they had not yet identified the winner.