The lucky man from Pretoria who scooped the R99m PowerBall jackpot last week dodged calls from his bank as he desperately tried to get in touch after his big win, thinking they were telemarketers.
After Tuesday’s highly publicized estimated PowerBall jackpot draw, the man from Pretoria has finally come forward to claim his life-changing prize.
The man bet R150 through the First National Banking app and selected his own numbers.
The 99 million rand earner, who didn’t want to give away too much, works in the financial sector, but he has no intention of quitting his day job, despite winning such a large sum.
“I don’t plan to make big changes to my lifestyle; everything will still be normal. Maybe I could just buy a car and a house.
“I plan to pay off the debt and invest the rest of the money,” he said.
The man checked his numbers the morning after the jackpot draw, but when FNB tried to contact him, the winner ignored the number, assuming it was a telemarketing company calling to sell him Something.
When he finally answered the call, the reality of winning a life-changing jackpot was confirmed when bank officials verified his details on the call.
“I was excited and extremely happy. I’ve been playing lottery games since my college days, so it’s been many years, and this is the first time I’ve won a jackpot,” the winner added.
“People need to understand that the chances of winning the lottery are very high. You will never know when it will be your turn to win, now I know winning is possible,” he said.
“Ithuba congratulates the latest multi-millionaire and we wish him well with his newfound wealth.”
“All winners are offered trauma counseling from our psychologists, as well as financial counseling from licensed financial advisors,” said Charmaine Mabuza, CEO of Ithuba.
Players must be 18 years or older.
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