Winner takes million home

2018-10-31 06:01
Lerato Mogatusi (left) from Kuruman, winner of the R1 million prize in the MTN8 Last Fan Standing competition, with Fetsi Mbele (senior manager of sponsorships for MTN South Africa). Photo: Supplied

Lerato Mogatusi (left) from Kuruman, winner of the R1 million prize in the MTN8 Last Fan Standing competition, with Fetsi Mbele (senior manager of sponsorships for MTN South Africa). Photo: Supplied

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A woman from Kuruman will now finally be able to live her dream of returning to school, building her mother a house and investing in her seven-year-old son’s education.

This follows the announcement that declared Lerato Mogatusi a millionaire through being crowned the 2018-’19 MTN8 Last Fan Standing (LFS) winner.

The 2018 MTN8 LFS winner was officially announced on 15 October, and the winner received a whopping R1 million cash prize and a trip for her and seven friends to attend any football experience anywhere in the world in 2019.

After a nine-week journey, it all culminated in a swift end when Mogatusi knocked out seven other contestants in Wafa Wafa style on national television.

“I’m feeling such mixed emotions. My heart almost stopped when they announced my name and I couldn’t stop shaking,” said Mogatusi.

Mogatusi is currently doing her community service as a nurse and would like to go back to school full time and study Sports Management.

This money will help her realise this dream, as she will now be able to pay off her tuition fees.

“My dream is to open a football academy for children aged seven and upwards in Kuruman and surrounding areas.

“It is something I have always been passionate about, and now with this money I can do it.”

The eight finalists were selected from hundreds of thousands around the country that took part in the MTN8 campaign by opting in and recharging with a minimum of R10 airtime.

Through a random automated selection process, eight finalists were selected to take part in the fast-paced special MTN8 gameshow, which saw Mogatusi walking away with the ultimate prize.

Congratulating Mogatusi for being named the MTN8 LFS for 2018, Fetsi Mbele, senior manager of sponsorships at MTN South Africa, said they were once more looking for exciting and exclusive experiences.

These experiences not only change the lives of ordinary South African football fans, but also bring fans closer to their passions.

“On top of the R1 million in cash, this year we also decided to let our winner choose where to their trip of a lifetime – with their friends or family – would be,” said Mbele.

Mogatusi was identified as having had the fastest fingers, as she correctly answered four of the eight questions asked.

Despite the “Wafa Wafa, Winner-Takes-All” motto, no one was left empty-handed, as the seven remaining finalists each took home R8 000 and their choice of prizes from the R8 million pool of prizes.

Mapula Bodibe, MTN South Africa’s executive for Consumer Business, said their aim this year was to make sure that they brought everyone closer to winning.

“This included players, teams, the media, schools, non-governmental organisations within local communities and of course, the football fans,” Bodibe said.

“The LFS prize has changed so many lives and we are glad to continue leaving a lasting impact,” he concluded.

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