R91m PowerBall winner still to claim cash

NATIONAL Lottery operator Gidani says Friday's R91million PowerBall winner is still out there and has yet to claim his or her millions.

This statement came after a Sunday newspaper published pictures of a Cape Town man, Stanley Philander, as the winner of South Africa's biggest lottery jackpot.

The newspaper said 52-year-old Philander is deaf and works as a cleaner at a hardware shop in Wynberg, Cape Town.

Philander lives with his 50-year-old wife, Diana, who is also deaf and their two children aged nine and six. They live in a wooden house in a relative's backyard.

Gidani spokesperson Thembi Tulwana confirmed to Sowetan that there was a winner of the mega jackpot who had not yet come forward. She said they did not know anything about Philander.

"No one has claimed the jackpot prize. I only read about Philander in the papers like you," Tulwana said.

"According to Gidani, the winner is still out there and has not claimed," she said.

Tulwana said a media conference on PowerBall's performance and the winner would be held today at the Gidani offices in Midrand.

PowerBall rolled over a record 22 times before Friday's winner got the right numbers. This was South Africa's biggest jackpot.