R87m Lotto win­ner’s ‘sur­real’ ex­pe­ri­ence

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - KABELO KHU­MALO

HE BOUGHT his R20 Power­ball ticket 15 min­utes be­fore cut off time – and had to con­tend with years of his wife’s mis­giv­ings over play­ing the na­tional lottery.

But af­ter 16 years, it all paid off for the Lim­popo pub­lic ser­vant who fi­nally brought home the big bucks this week – all R87 mil­lion of them.

“My wife be­lieved I was just wast­ing our money... When the Power­ball jackpot hit R75m, I asked her to be the one select­ing the num­bers, but she re­fused,” he said yes­ter­day. “She couldn’t be­lieve it when I broke the news to her.”

It took him more than a week to come for­ward be­cause of the “sur­real feeling” he ex­pe­ri­enced when he re­alised he was the sole win­ner.

“I felt numb. I had to calm down first be­fore claim­ing my win­nings. This is a jackpot within a jackpot,” he said at the Joburg of­fices of the Ithuba Na­tional Lottery.

The big win­ner is how­ever not plan­ning to leave his daily job as a pub­lic ser­vant, although he ad­mits he’s tempted to buy a “nice” car and a man­sion for his fam­ily.

The 45-year old cred­its his Chris­tian be­liefs for his new­found riches.

“My wife and I burst into a gospel hymn when we re­alised our for­tunes had changed for the bet­ter.”

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