Construction worker bags R1 million on-air

2019-10-08 06:00
From left are Darren Simpson (Kfm Mornings), Tasoulla Hadjigeorgiou (LottoStar), Marlene Boezak, Lorenzo Michaels, Sherlin Barends (Kfm Mornings), and Sibongile Mafu (Kfm Mornings).

From left are Darren Simpson (Kfm Mornings), Tasoulla Hadjigeorgiou (LottoStar), Marlene Boezak, Lorenzo Michaels, Sherlin Barends (Kfm Mornings), and Sibongile Mafu (Kfm Mornings).

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Kfm 94.5 in Green Point turned a construction worker into a millionaire when it announced its winner of the “Big September with LottoStar” at their studio on Tuesday 1 October. The announcement was made during the live broadcast of the show Kfm Mornings with Darren, Sherlin and Sibs.

The final two finalists were invited to the studio on Tuesday where Lorenzo Michaels (29) from Mossel Bay was named the winner of the million.

He had casually played an online roulette game after hearing about the competition on the radio. Little did he know it would be his ticket out of poverty.

By Tuesday afternoon Michaels was still expressing his disbelief, saying he’s had a tough life.

He grew up in an underprivileged community in Great Brak River outside Mossel Bay and left school in Grade 11 to find a job to help sustain his family.

He never got a chance to finish school and is currently surviving on an income of R9 200 per month that has to sustain his unemployed mother, six-year-old son and himself. When he realised he had won, Lorenzo said he saw his dream of wanting to build a house for his family becoming a reality. The next step would be to marry his girlfriend, Marlene Boezak.

“I saw my life turning around for the better. It has been tough – we were struggling at home. I am so lucky, I did not expect it at all; I just played like I usually do with any other game,” says Lorenzo.

He thanked the station for changing his life.

Stephen Werner, Kfm’s station manager, says “Big September with LottoStar” has become a landmark month in the province and has captured the hearts and minds of their listeners.

He says the competition ran every day throughout September, with entrants standing a chance to win up to R250 000 four times a day. At the end of the campaign they gave away R1 million.

“The total winnings during Big September, together with the money raised for charity, amounted to over R2.4 million – the biggest cash giveaway in the history of Cape Town radio.

“We are all about creating life-changing moments for our listeners,” Werner says.

According to a statement, it’s the third year “Big September” was hosted. They raise funds for #WEARENOTNEXT, an initiative by LottoStar that aims to curb femicide in South Africa.

It supports various organisations to address gender-based violence. This year the station raised R625 500 for the initiative.

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