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Rags to riches for R6.5m lotto winner

2013-02-06 14:09

Johannesburg - After living off R750 a month, a KwaZulu-Natal man has become a multi-millionaire after winning the lottery.

The man, 54, won close to R6.5m after buying a R20 ticket for the 19 January draw, spokesperson for national lottery operator Gidani, Thembi Tulwana, said in a statement on Wednesday.

"When he visited a nearby shop that sells lottery tickets after the draw, he discovered that he had matched the winning numbers... He later hid his ticket in his shoe for safe keeping."

The new millionaire, who did odd jobs to get by, said the first person he told of the winnings was his cousin.

Despite his rise to riches, the man told Lotto officials he wanted to keep his simple lifestyle and build a house for his children.

"He would also be able to relocate his children, who are currently residing in KZN, to join him in Johannesburg, where they would be able to go to some of the best schools," said Tulwana.

The man said he had dreams that he would one day win the game, and always played the same numbers.

"Sighing with great relief, he told the advisers that this money has come at the right time," said Tulwana.

A second winner for the same draw had yet to come forward and claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the draw were 7, 15, 23, 28, 29, 49 and the bonus ball was 2.

The winning numbers for the lotto plus draw were 13, 18, 23, 27, 32, 46 and the bonus ball 22.

Comments
  • PointBlank - 2013-02-06 14:23

    You can't win it if you not in it!! Keep playing the same numbers, everyone who has won keep telling me that..

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-02-06 15:01

      they are lying they want us to play same numbers so that they keep on winning

      adinparadise - 2013-02-07 03:36

      So happy for him.

  • yaya188 - 2013-02-06 14:25

    YAY!!! I love good stories, hope he manages to keep it....perhaps they can help him with investments? Anyway,a great story.

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-06 15:29

      hope so. just sad that most of these stories end badly. R6.5mill goes nowhere if you want the good things in life.

  • warren-rodel - 2013-02-06 14:36

    Great story! Best wishes!

  • lovenergy - 2013-02-06 14:41

    What a great story!

  • emokgojoe - 2013-02-06 14:58

    @CHESTER..HHHMMM OA BATHONG, IM MARRIED TO A ZULU MAN..AND HES THE BEST HUSBAND EVER...SO SWEET AND SO SUPPORTIVE, STOP PAINTING EVERYONE WITH THE SAME BRUSH...BUT ZULUS ARE BULLIES #HIDING UNDER DESK# HAHAHAHA...ALL DA BEST MISTER LOTTO WINNER HOPE YOU USE IT WISELY

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-02-06 15:00

    same numbers??? WTF!!!

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-02-06 15:00

      these winners a lying they want us to play same numbers so they can always win neh

  • Hemlock - 2013-02-06 15:17

    Lovely story. Nice to read that someone really in need has won. Hopefully he won't get ripped off by "family and friends" and that he will invest the money wisely.

  • gungets.tuft - 2013-02-06 15:33

    "Sighing with great relief, he told the advisers that this money has come at the right time," There's a wrong time for R6.5 million?

  • mr.minnaar - 2013-02-06 15:36

    well done! From rags to middle class

      iNJBL - 2013-02-06 18:26

      Not sure about him moving to jozi though? Expensive city and good schools are expensive as well.

  • flynn.govender - 2013-02-06 15:53

    That is the beauty of the lotto - if you don't play, you cannot win. Congrats to the winner

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-02-06 16:01

    Well done for not publishing his name!

  • Leroy Reynolds - 2015-02-18 14:24

    Lotto, from the dreams of a few, at the cost of many!

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