Do­mes­tic worker hits Lotto jack­pot

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THE life of a Pre­to­ria do­mes­tic worker of over 30 years has for­ever been changed af­ter she spent just R7.50 at her lo­cal garage on a Lotto ticket and walked away with more than

R70 mil­lion.

The sin­gle mother of one pur­chased the win­ning ticket at a Shell garage and man­u­ally se­lected her num­bers for the PowerBall Plus draw of Septem­ber 5.

The woman said she ini­tially thought that only four of the num­bers she played had won.

It was only af­ter she told her em­ployer that she had won with four num­bers that her em­ployer made her aware that she had, in fact, won the big jack­pot.

She then im­me­di­ately rushed back to the Shell garage where the cashier ad­vised her to write her name and ID num­ber on the back of her win­ning ticket and go to the of­fices of Ithuba to claim her win­nings.

Shar­ing her life story, the woman said she had been drowning in debt as she is the sole bread­win­ner of her house­hold.

The night be­fore the draw, she put her ticket in the Bi­ble a friend had given her and went on her knees and prayed to God to give her a sign that soon all her trou­bles would be over.

That night, she could not sleep and again at 3am, she asked God to bless her and her fam­ily with good for­tune.

“Our win­ners come from all walks of life and are spread out across all prov­inces,” said Ithuba spokesper­son Khen­sani Mabuza.

“This is pre­cisely what Ithuba set out to do when we were granted the li­cence to op­er­ate the Na­tional Lot­tery in 2015 – in­crease the Na­tional Lot­tery foot­print and make it ac­ces­si­ble to all South Africans,” Mabuza added.

The win­ner has al­ready resigned from her job as a do­mes­tic worker and plans to use her win­nings to­wards ren­o­vat­ing the fam­ily house she shares with her daugh­ter, grand­child and younger brother. She also plans to help her daugh­ter with her ter­tiary fees so that she can be the first in their fam­ily to get a ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Asked how she picked her win­ning num­bers, she said she al­ways plays the same num­bers but some­times picks num­bers that are pop­u­lar and drawn of­ten.

She plans to con­tinue play­ing the lot­tery and will keep her win­ning re­ceipt in her Bi­ble as a re­minder to al­ways thank God for her fortunes.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing free fi­nan­cial ad­vice and trauma coun­selling as part of the Ithuba win­ners’ sup­port pro­gramme, most of her win­nings will be in­vested so she can live off the in­ter­est.

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