PowerBall R60 Million Winner collects his winnings
The first multi-million winner of the year has claimed his fortunes. The PowerBall winner from the 15 January 2021 draw, who won the whopping R60 million jackpot reported to the National Lottery Operator offices on Tuesday the 19th.
The Financial professional in his early 30s could not contain his excitement: “I still cannot believe that I have won this much, the most I’ve won from the Lottery is R500”, he said.
Relaying the events that led to the life-changing moment, the winner said: “My live-in girlfriend had just broken up with me, and I was not in the best of moods. By the time I checked the results on Friday night, I was by myself as she had already moved out. When I realised that I had won, I thought I was dreaming. I immediately went to take a cold shower and then came back to check again. It was real – lady luck was on my side, but clearly not so much for her!”
The winner admits that although he has never had this much money before, he has not been suffering: “I am blessed enough to have parents that are in a position to sustain themselves, anything I do for them will purely be out love and desire to share my new fortune with them. I am privileged to also still be employed, especially at a time like this where a lot of people have lost jobs.”
The new millionaire said he was undoubtedly planning on investing most of his winnings: “Because of my profession, I am clued up on the kind of investments I want, to ensure that my money keeps working for me and bears interest.”
Asked if he was planning to resign, now that he is millionaire, he replied: “I am not going to resign. At the rate things are going I am anticipating a retrenchment in the organisation that I work for and in the industry as a whole. So I will wait for the retrenchment package and my upcoming bonus. It’s money that I have worked hard for so I am definitely waiting for it”, he said giggling.
The winner says in addition to investing, he plans on donating some of his winnings to those in need. “It is really heart-breaking to witness the impact of the pandemic in our society. I want to help as many people as I can meet at least some of their basic needs. I also want to do animal charity work as I feel that animals have really been neglected throughout this pandemic”, he said.
He added: “Oh and I will also buy my ex-girlfriend a fridge, probably a washing machine too, just to say no hard feelings”, he said jokingly.
He added that he is ready to settle down and start a family of his own, as soon as he finds a good woman.