Many South Africans are turning to the lottery in hopes of finding a way out of the country’s current economic crisis, which has resulted in rising food and fuel prices, record unemployment, and low wages. Even though most people won’t get their hands on any of the money up for grabs, the winners will live like kings and queens for the rest of their lives (or so we hope).
The Five Largest Lottery Payouts in the Country Are as Follows
The current record for the largest lottery win in South Africa was recently set by a 53-year-old man from Cape Town. The massive top prize of R232,131,750 was awarded after a 24-times-in-a-row rollover. The OK Mini Mart in Tygerdal is where the ticket was reportedly purchased.
Lottery officials in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, were reportedly surprised to learn that the lucky winner had chosen the Quick Pick option when purchasing the winning ticket. It took a lot of time and effort, but we finally located this lucky individual who wishes to remain nameless.
In 2021, an unemployed mother from the Northwest won this enormous sum. She reportedly only spent R15 playing using the ABSA banking app. I can hardly believe it myself and am simultaneously overjoyed and exhausted. She was quoted as saying, “The timing of this windfall could not have been more perfect, as I lost my job last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These fortunate winners hail from KwaZulu-Natal. Ithuba revealed that the mystery player put R300 into the same pool of numbers for 10 consecutive drawings.
One Secunda engineer took home the entire prize pool. In the end, it took two months to track him down.
Grand Prize R141million
This lottery winner claims his wife had a dream in which she was showered with gold dust, so winning the lottery was like waking up from a dream.
The construction worker who won the Powerball claimed he wasn’t a regular player, but felt lucky after his wife’s dream and bought a Quick Pick at a Spar while on holiday in Groot Brakrivier, a small town not far from Mossel Bay in Western Cape. The couple said they would continue working and investing their R141,343,180 prize so that their grandchildren would be provided for.
A Winner of R135 Million
This person from KwaZulu-Natal province used the FNB banking app to cash in a massive R135,336,753 lottery prize. Players were urged to play the lottery digitally rather than physically, as the COVID-19 virus was spreading at an alarming rate.
From February until April, the jackpot steadily increased; however, the winner of the Powerball jackpot in April was unable to claim his or her prize due to the closure of National Lottery offices as a result of pandemic lockdowns.
Winner Of R121 Million
Upon first verifying their winning tickets, a large percentage of lottery winners experience disbelief. The Bloemfontein man who won R121,730,295 in the Powerball says he checked his ticket “about 30 times” before believing he was one of South Africa’s biggest lottery winners. Although he planned to give some of his winnings to his church, this Powerball winner was the first on this list to announce his intention to retire early. Belvera Supermarket in Bloemspruit is where the ticket was bought.
Winner: R114.5 Million
At Victor and Son’s Café in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, a 35-year-old Soweto resident bought a single line for Powerball, which propelled her to the top of the list of South Africa’s biggest winners. After years of rent increases and hardship, the lottery winner plans to use her winnings to buy a home for herself and her mother.
R114 Million Winner
The tenth-largest winner on South Africa’s list of top ten lotto winners came forward to claim his prize just two days after he learned of his good fortune. Given that the lottery winner was a jobless father of two, the sizeable sum of R114,242,816 goes a long way.
The man’s primary goal was to provide a better home for his mum and his siblings. With his windfall, he can provide a better life for his loved ones and guarantee a brighter future for his kids.
A 34-year-old man from Ekurhuleni, South Africa, bought a single ticket at the Evander Diensstasie in Evander, Mpumalanga, and became one of the biggest lotto winners in South Africa after nearly two months passed without a Powerball winner being produced. The lottery winner hid his winning ticket in his sock for safekeeping before cashing in his R145,469,799 prize. The winning engineer from Secunda wanted to help his family and invest in the future after having trouble finding work before he became an engineer.
A player from KwaZulu-Natal, who played through the Standard Bank app, asserted not to be “a regular player” but said that his in-laws “encouraged (the couple) to play”. The victor played for 10 draws using a Quick Pick. The winning numbers for the R153,466,150 jackpot were finally drawn on the third try. He called his in-laws to ask if they knew the winning numbers, which was a pleasant surprise for them.
I suggested calling out the numbers we played and asked if we won before they could do so themselves. I could hear the anxiety in my father-in-voice law’s increase with every number he confirmed as I called out the winning numbers. The moment he announced the Powerball, he went silent. To put an end to his suffering, I had to tell him that his daughter and I have become multimillionaires.
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