72-year-old KZN man claims his R100 million Powerball jackpot winnings
Durban: A 72-year-old man from KwaZulu Natal has stepped forward to claim his R100 million Powerball jackpot from the November 16 draw.
The elderly came forward after over a week of National Lottery Ithuba appealing on KZN players to come forward and claim their rewards, stating he was in a state of sheer astonishment.
He told Ithuba he kept on checking his winning ticket to make sure if he had really won.
“I was hoping to catch a big fish and instead caught a whale.
“I had been playing for almost 14 years now, every Tuesday and Friday, the most I would win was between R30 to R60,” says the former engineer who retired at 52.
The winner has no immediate festive holiday plans due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but will be consulting his private banker for financial advice and investment plans.
“At the moment, only my daughter knows, and I told her to keep it quiet.”
The winner purchased his ticket from Margate on the KZN South Coast.
He used R7,50 and selected the winning number manually.
The winning numbers for PowerBall were: 08, 09, 36, 42, 50 and the Bonus PowerBall 04.
Ithuba CEO Ithuba Charmaine Mabuza congratulated the winner.
“While the pensioner has been playing for 14 years, you never know when it will be your turn to win, so keep Phanda, Pusha, Playing.”
Mabuza said all winners who receive winnings of R50 000 receive trauma counselling followed by extensive financial advice to assist them with their financial planning at no cost.