A 59-year-old Limpopo resident has claimed the R3 million Lotto Plus 2 jackpot from last Wednesday’s (22 September’s) draw.
The winning ticket was purchased at Spar Hoedspruit in Limpopo. The winner spent R40 using the manual selection method to select the winning numbers of 5, 17, 18, 21, 33, 47 and the Bonus Ball 30.
The winner said: “After visiting my nearest local store to validate my ticket, I was referred to the Ithuba offices in Limpopo to process and claim my winnings as I had won an amount of over R50,000.
“Not once did it cross my mind that I was one of the Lotto Plus 2 jackpot winners,” he said.
He decided only to visit the Ithuba offices a couple of days later, where he got the “biggest shock” of his life.
National lottery operator, Ithuba, confirmed he was one of two Lotto Plus 2 jackpot winners of over R7 Million.
“My wish has always been to buy myself a small bakkie for my personal use. I also plan on building a new house for my family, nothing too extravagant, but a simple house that will be perfect for us,” he said.
The winner added that he also wanted to use his winnings to pay for his grandson’s tertiary education and assist his close family financially.
Ithuba CEO Charmaine Mabuza said: “We are excited to see many of our players opting to play the National Lottery at the different authorised National Lottery retailers.”
Mabuza said players came from all walks of life and were spread out across all provinces.
“This is precisely what Ithuba set out to do when we were granted the third licence to operate the National Lottery in 2015,” said Mabuza.
Winners of R50,000 and more receive extensive financial advice and trauma counselling from qualified psychologists to help them deal with their new financial circumstances.
These advisory services come at no cost to the winner. All national lottery winnings are tax-free.
Compiled by Narissa Subramoney