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Unemployed mother who lost her job from Covid-19 wins SA’s 2nd biggest PowerBall

A year after losing her job in 2020 due to Covid-19, an unemployed North West mother is gearing up for a (Durban) seaside family retreat like no other after she cracked a record-setting R158 Million PowerBall Jackpot winning numbers.

South Africa’s lottery operator, ITHUBA, has confirmed Monday that the record-setting R158 million PowerBall Jackpot winner has come forward to claim her winnings, from the draw that took place on Tuesday, July 27.

The winner played using the ABSA Banking APP and spent only R15 on the winning ticket using the manual selection method to select the winning numbers as shown here in this order: 05, 12, 15, 28, 29, and PowerBall number 14.

The winner becomes the second-highest PowerBall jackpot winner in the history of the South African National Lottery, the biggest jackpot winner of 2021 thus far and the biggest online jackpot winner since ITHUBA took over as the Operator in 2015.

“No, I’m not lucky, I’m blessed”, said the unnamed unemployed mother speaking to ITHUBA. “I’m still in disbelief, overwhelmed yet very excited that I’m the R158 Million PowerBall jackpot winner. The money could not have come at a better time for my family as I lost my job last year due to COVID.”

Given that the North West mother has been playing the same numbers across Powerball and LOTTO games for a while now, we can’t think of a more deserving winner.

“On Tuesday, I missed the live draw show for some odd reason, so I decided to check the draw results on my ABSA Banking APP and I had the most unexpected shock of my life,” she says, adding: “When I saw the winning PowerBall numbers, I knew that I had won the Powerball jackpot of R158 Million, but I kept on checking the numbers throughout the day to ensure that I was not mistaken or that I would wake up from a dream.”

When asked what she plans to do with her new found fortune, the North West mother had this to say: “I would love to travel to Durban, as I have never been there before and I have always wanted to go there for a family vacation at the sea. A portion of the winnings will go towards building and furnishing our dream home.”

She also plans to invest a significant amount of her winning, and “the rest of the winnings will be placed in an education trust towards our children’s education and a portion will be donated to charity.”

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