Housewife from Free State comes forward to claim R26.5m lottery

 R15 ticket has won a Free State housewife the Lotto Plus jackpot of R26.5 million. Now she’s planning a holiday.

She took the bet on 1 March 2017‚ but did not immediately come forward to claim the winnings‚ lottery operator Ithuba said in a statement.

Although she had bought tickets before‚ this jackpot was her first winnings ever.

 The emotional winner described how she found out that she was the jackpot winner: “I found out about the winning ticket while standing in my kitchen and checking the numbers from a text message on my phone. When I got to the 3rd correct number‚ I just started screaming‚ shaking and spinning around. I was unbelievably excited. I phoned my husband‚ but he couldn’t believe it either and said that I should make sure first. I then phoned the Ithuba office‚ who confirmed that I did in fact win”.

 The winner says she plans on investing most of the money to prepare for their retirement.

 They have both always wanted to tour South Africa‚ and will now be able to afford it‚ and she would also like to take her husband on a long-term dream of going to visit Namibia and Malawi.

Tearful‚ the winner said‚ “we never thought that we would ever win‚ things like this don’t happen to people like us‚ we are poor people”.

Along with her husband‚ the winner received financial advice‚ psychological and emotional counselling.



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