R158m Powerball winner plans dream home and seaside trip

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
  • Last week's R158-million Powerball winner kept checking the numbers in case she was dreaming. 
  • The North West mum lost her job because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
  • A seaside holiday in Durban and designing her dream home are now on her to-do list. 

The winner of last week's R158-million lottery is still processing her enormous windfall. 

"I'm still in disbelief, it's going to stay a secret for a while," the woman said via a facilitator from the National Lottery Operator, Ithuba.

The North West mom lost her job last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

However, buying a modest R15 ticket with the lucky numbers she always uses has changed her life. 

In a statement, the operator said she had bought her ticket via the ABSA banking app, putting down her usual 5, 12, 15, 28, 29, and Powerball number 14.

READ | 'I'm just going to cool down': R51m lottery winner still in shock

She missed the live draw, and when she checked the app later, she got a shock. 

"When I saw the winning Powerball numbers, I knew that I had won the Powerball jackpot of R158 million, but I kept on checking the numbers throughout the day to ensure that I was not mistaken or that I would wake up from a dream", she said.  

"I'm still in disbelief, overwhelmed yet very excited that I'm the R158-million Powerball jackpot winner. The money could not have come at a better time for my family as I lost my job last year due to Covid."

She will invest so that the family can live comfortably, but has a few spoils planned. 

"I would love to travel to Durban, as I have never been there before and I have always wanted to go there for a family vacation at the seaside.

"A portion of the winnings will go towards building and furnishing our dream home, with the help of an interior designer and the best architect to ensure that everything I have always dreamt of as a little girl becomes exactly what I envisioned," she said.

The rest of the winnings will be put in an education trust for the children's education, and a portion will be donated to charity. 

Life since then has been a whirlwind of consultations to help her cope with such an enormous windfall, including trauma counselling and financial advice. 

Ithuba CEO Charmaine Mabuza congratulated the winner. 

"...We are happy to announce another banking app jackpot winner, this time with our partner ABSA; this win also happens to be the biggest online jackpot win since Ithuba took over as the operator in 2015."

We want to hear your views on the news. Subscribe to News24 to be part of the conversation in the comments section of this article.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
A Section 89 panel headed by former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo found President Cyril Ramaphosa has an impeachable case to answer on the Phala Phala scandal.
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Ramaphosa should do the honourable thing and immediately resign.
25% - 762 votes
Ramaphosa should follow due process and submit himself to an impeachment hearing.
31% - 957 votes
Ramaphosa should fight the findings in court and keep his job at all costs
45% - 1381 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.