Lotto: wrong man resported as winner of R91 million

2010-02-16 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A deaf-mute man who went into hiding with his family after he was identified as the winner of Friday’s R91 million Powerball lottery is not the winner after all.

Vevek Ram, chief executive of the National Lottery Board, said yesterday that someone else — who prefers to remain anonymous — is the winner.

After the Cape Town Son tabloid named Stanley Philander (52) as the winner, the man and his family were beseiged by people wanting money and went into hiding.

Photos were taken of him and his wife, Diana (50), who is also hearing impaired, and their two children, Logan (9) and Kirsten (6).

When newspapers tried to contact Philander, who was said to work as a cleaner at a hardware shop in Wynberg, Cape Town, he could not be traced. The three hardware shops in Wynberg denied that Philander works for them.

Thembi Tulwana, a spokeswoman for lottery operator Gidani, said yesterday that Philander did not contact Gidani.

Tulwana said Gidani did not disclose the winner’s name. It is not clear how the story about Philander’s “big win” came about.

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