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WC man wins R69m Powerball jackpot

2010-07-16 20:20

Johannesburg - A 29-year-old Western Cape man won Tuesday's Powerball jackpot of R69m, the operator of the national lottery Gidani said on Friday.

The married father of a 1-year-old had claimed his prize, but had not recovered from the shock of winning the jackpot, spokesperson Thembi Tulwana said.

"I am overwhelmed by shock, I still cannot believe it," the man, who spent R21 on his ticket after choosing his numbers at random, told Gidani.

He said he went to the nearest retailer to check the winning numbers, jotted them down then went back to his car to check them in private.

At first he thought he had matched four numbers. "Excited at the prospect of having won something, he called his wife to share the news," Tulwana said.

He realised only the next day when he went over the ticket in detail that he had won the jackpot.

She said he told his immediate family, with whom he had a "very close relationship" with and trusted "entirely".

"So close is his relationship with his family that he asked an uncle to keep the ticket in his safe until he was ready to come forward to claim."

Tulwana said he planned to start a small business and invest the rest.

Tuesday's jackpot was the second highest won since PowerBall was launched in October last year.

In February, a mother of two from the Western Cape won a R91m Jackpot, the highest since the lottery was introduced in South Africa.