R58m win for rare Lotto player

The Mercury - - FRONT PAGE - Mer­cury Cor­re­spon­dent

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 pay­out on of­fer.

“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 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.

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