Sipho Sibeko, pictured, today's R5000 winner, was moved by Patrick Molokomme, the previous winner, who wanted to give his wife a special Christmas gift.
Sibeko, 49, of Lenasia South, bought his Sowetan at a garage in the early hours of the morning.
"I had missed the Tuesday competition but when I read what the previous winner was planning to do with his money, I remembered my lovely wife Mapule," Sibeko said.
He said he had been worried that he had no money to buy Christmas gifts for her his two children.
"God heard my prayers and answered me." - Penwell Dlamini