R58m richer after rare Lotto ticket purchase
A CAPETONIAN is heading for an early retirement after becoming R58 million richer.
The 56-year-old woman won the Lotto jackpot on Saturday.
The winner is a regular PowerBall player, but seldom plays the Lotto. She decided to play when she saw the high amount of the prize.
“After seeing the estimated jackpot prize, I started daydreaming about how this could change my life and make it even better.
“On Saturday, my husband and I decided to go out for dinner. On our way to the restaurant I insisted that we stop at a retail store so that I could play the Lotto, which I did.
“I put my ticket away quickly after playing and forgot about it for the evening,” she said.
The next day, her family had arranged a Mother’s Day celebration at her daughter’s house. “On my way, I decided to check the ticket at a shop, because I had seen on the National Lottery website that one person had won.
“When I inserted my ticket in the machine to check if I had won anything, the machine issued a little slip with a note that read, ‘Please contact the National Lottery head office’.” She asked her son to check the ticket. “My son immediately told me to write my name and ID number on the back of it, because I had matched all six numbers. I went numb in total disbelief. All I could do was sip my gin and tonic,” she said.
“I will continue working for the next six months, so that the handover process at work goes smoothly. I would like to invest 90% of my winnings, and live off of my investments for the rest of my life,” she said.