Man battles cancer, loses sight in one eye... then wins R17m Lotto jackpot

2017-08-04 15:44
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Mahikeng - A North West man who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer last year and then lost all vision in his one eye this year, has hope for the future again after a R17m Lotto jackpot win.

It couldn’t have come at a better time, Netwerk24 reported, because he got his last pay cheque in June this year as he had no sick leave left.

Lotto operators Ithuba said in a statement on Thursday that the winner had spent R45 – and as luck would have it, won the Lotto jackpot of more than R17m on July 26.

The winner has been through a difficult time since being diagnosed with the cancer in February last year.

"After finding out that I had an aggressive form of prostate cancer, it felt as if my whole life had come to an end," the man said, according to the statement.  

"I started treatment and could just hope for the best."

Then, on May 18 this year, just as he thought the worst was behind him, disaster struck again while he was on his way to work.

"I have to travel a lot for my work and on that day I realised that the vision in my one eye was blurring. I was finding it difficult to see the road.

"I saw a doctor and he arranged for emergency surgery. However, it wasn’t successful and I lost all vision in my left eye."

Struggling

He couldn’t work anymore and received his last salary in June.

"We were already struggling financially because I wasn’t receiving my full salary.

"It was difficult without a stable income and, as the breadwinner, I thought we were going to lose everything."

Then, on July 26, he bought Lotto tickets to the tune of R45 – and his belief that he would one day win the Lotto was realised.

Another bit of good news came from the doctor, who said there were no more signs of the cancer.

"Just imagine how I felt! I have the courage to go on again."

The first person he shared the Lotto news with was his wife.

"We both started crying, because we couldn’t really believe it."

With the winnings, he can afford to go for a second eye operation.

He plans on enjoying his "retirement", and will be investing some of the money, giving some to his children, and will buy his grandson the car he’s long been promising him.

Ithuba helped the winner with financial advice and counselling.

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