The National Lottery operator, Ithuba, has reported that the weekend’s winner of R87.6 million, from Limpopo, has come forward, according to Review Online.
According to Busi Koloi, the head of customer relations at the National Lottery, a man believed to be the winner made contact with the Polokwane office.
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They cannot confirm yet whether the gentleman has the winning ticket, but arrangements have been made to meet this week with the national office to check if the ticket is valid, says Koloi.
The winner bought the winning Quickpick ticket at a filling station in a village outside Mokopane.
This was the biggest jackpot since Ithuba took over the National Lottery in June last year.
The winning numbers for Friday night’s Powerball draw were: 35, 1, 16, 7, 28 and bonus number 3.
Ithuba spokesperson Zukiswa Nomnganga told the Sunday Times that the winner can receive free “trauma and emotional counselling” along with financial advice from experts, should they need it.
The experts can work with the winner for days to prepare them for their sudden windfall. The biggest payout in SA lottery history was a man from Bloemfontein who won R100 million. He apparently nearly threw his ticket away after a scanner failed to read it twice. Luckily (very luckily) it informed him to go to the nearest Lotto office after the third scan.
– Caxton News Service