No winner for R190m PowerBall jackpot last night‚ says lottery operator

13 February 2019 - 13:49
By Nonkululeko Njilo
The R190m jackpot was not won.
Image: 123RF/tawhy The R190m jackpot was not won.

National lottery operator Ithuba has confirmed that there was no winner for the PowerBall jackpot estimated at R190m on Tuesday night.

The rollover has taken the jackpot to R210m for the next draw on February 15 2019.

If someone had to win it‚ the lucky player would exceed the astronomical R145m PowerBall jackpot claimed in August last year by a 34-year-old engineer based in Secunda.

Thabo* and his 30-year-old wife Lynette* wore matching clothes when they arrived at Ithuba's Sandton headquarters to collect their winnings. They had first spent the entire weekend indoors‚ digesting their fortune.

The financially savvy couple said that besides their car‚ they hardly had any debt. They intended to take time to plan carefully for the future‚ without indulging in rash spending.

Thabo said the toughest time he ever went through was shortly after he qualified as an engineer.

"There was a time I spent a while looking for a job and I would never want anyone to experience that‚" he said. "You've studied but no work. I would even hope to just pick up R20 to buy a cold drink."

- TMG Digital