R145m Powerball winner shares secret hiding place for his winning ticket
Where would you keep a winning lottery ticket of R145-million? In your sock‚ of course!
So says the young Secunda-based engineer who scooped the Powerball jackpot on Friday.
“I kept it in my sock at night because I thought about what if thieves were to come in here. Not because they know anything…but take it‚” said Thabo.
Even as he reported for duty on Monday‚ the ticket was still safely tucked away in his boot.
“I kept on thinking that what if I was involved in a car accident. You know how people lose their wallets in accidents‚ so it was safer there‚” Thabo added.
He was speaking to TimesLIVE on Tuesday afternoon at the Ithuba offices where he and his 30-year-old wife came to claim their winnings.
Thabo said he was in disbelief when he found out on Saturday afternoon that he was the sole winner of the jackpot.
Meet SA’s R145-million PowerBall winner
He had been lying in bed after a nap when he decided to go on the internet on his phone and check his ticket against the winning numbers.
He instantly knew that he had won and casually informed his wife‚ still in disbelief.
“He said‚ ‘I’ve won the Lotto.’ But then said he was joking. I could see that he just wasn’t himself and then he told me‚” said Lynette‚ Thabo’s wife.
The couple’s true identities have been withheld.
They tried to stay as normal as possible throughout the weekend‚ keeping themselves behind closed doors‚ wary not to share the news with anyone.
“On Saturday‚ we sat still. I was even afraid to go out just in case something happened to me‚” Thabo said.
The big question remains: how did he pick the lucky winning numbers?
Good-old Fafi‚ better known as “mo-china” in the townships.
“I used my dreams for guidance‚” said Thabo.
It’s a guy! Powerball winner claims R145-million
Fafi associates numbers to certain objects and characteristics. For example‚ it associates the number four to a dead man. Thabo said he had dreamt of people fighting and a man was killed in that fight – which led him to picking the number 4 as his Powerball number.
On Tuesday‚ he used R5 to bet on the same numbers. He had not won.
But on Friday evening‚ after a night out with the guys‚ he headed to the Total garage in Evander where he placed his bet‚ using R20 for an ordinary play and another R30 for a Quickpick ticket.
For the young couple‚ playing the Lotto was common. Lynette even recalled how‚ in their varsity days‚ they would walk from campus to an outlet to place their bets.
Thabo and Lynette said the one thing that they did not expect was for their winnings to be absolutely tax-free.
“I expected to get about R90-million after tax‚” he said‚ adding that it was a shock.
The couple‚ who have no debt except for their car‚ want to lead a life as normal as possible before resigning from their jobs.
So, the R145-million jackpot winner bought a ticket for just R20
Thabo said he wanted to establish a few businesses and put some money into investment accounts.
They intend on only letting their parents know.
“The money scares me. I don’t know what it would take for me to play the Lotto again‚” Thabo said.
“It took me so long to get here. All I can say is people must just keep playing the Lotto. They should take chances‚” he said.
Finally‚ does this mean the lives of their families have also changed for good?
Thabo and Lynette agree that this secured generational wealth‚ but did not mean there would be any handouts.
Brace yourselves for the biggest lotto ever! You could be guaped with R140m
“I want to see them all working‚ affording their lifestyles. I don’t want them to rely on me. I am willing to invest in their business plans but not necessarily give them cash‚” Thabo said.
On Wednesday‚ the couple would return to the -Ithuba offices where they would meet with psychologists and financial advisors. Thabo welcomed the assistance‚ saying he needed all the help he could get.
“This would have never happened on my own accord. It has to have been a higher power‚” Thabo said‚ blushing in disbelief.
According to Ithuba’s Public Relations manager‚ Naledi Masopha‚ this is the highest winning to ever be recorded. Before this‚ the biggest winning amount was R110-million‚ and had to be split between four winners.Where would you keep a winning lottery ticket of R145-million? In your sock‚ of course!
Secrets to winning Powerball ahead of $100m jackpot mega draw
With the nation’s second largest lottery prize in history on offer, millions of Australians are expected to buy a ticket in Thursday night’s gargantuan $100 million Powerball jackpot.
“Up to a third of adult Australians are expected to get an entry into the draw and queues are already forming outside lottery outlets,” The Lott spokeswoman Lauren Cooney said on Wednesday.
And while the superstitious players out there may already have their numbers picked for the draw, The Lott has revealed the hot and cold numbers from the past 16 months to help those deliberating over their ticket.
The breakdown on hot and cold Powerball numbers
From the main barrel, where seven balls from 35 are drawn, the Lott revealed 17 is the hottest number having been drawn 23 times over the 16-month period.
It has been drawn three more times than its nearest rival, the number 2 ball.
For the all important Powerball number, drawn from 20 balls, the numbers 3, 13 and 19 have all been drawn seven times.
“Players interested in trying their hand at choosing their numbers may mark ‘hot’ numbers in the hope they live up to their reputation of being drawn more often,” Ms Cooney said.
Yet it may be the case players want to avoid the most drawn numbers hoping those frequently remaining in the barrel will get their turn.
In the past 16 months, the number 12 has only been drawn seven times. The number 26 is next lowest with nine appearances.
For the Powerball, the number 1 has failed to appear at all while the number 18 just once.
For those who have no interest in choosing each individual number will be pleased to know a QuickPick entry, which randomly generates a player’s numbers, has won 50 per cent of Division One prizes this year.
Powerball states: NSW, Victoria and SA rule 2019
So far this year there have been eight Division One winners scooping a grand total of $316,709,904.
Three of those winners were in NSW, another three in Victoria and a further two in South Australia.
Despite being the third and fourth largest states by population, Queensland and WA are yet to have a winner this year.
“Perhaps tomorrow night is the night,” Ms Cooney said.
The ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania are also without a winner this year.
Is the Powerhit ticket worth it?
While there has been no Division One winner over the last seven weeks, there has been 38 Division Two winners who missed out on the all important Powerball number.
With a Powerhit ticket, which costs $24, the Powerball number is guaranteed.
“While the Division Two winners did take home tens of thousands of dollars in prize money each, I am sure they are kicking themselves for not getting a Powerhit entry,” Ms Cooney said.
As the The Lott’s Bronwyn Spencer explained to Yahoo News Australia, the ticket is in fact 20 seperate tickets despite only showing one game on a player’s ticket.
The entry matches the same seven main barrel numbers with each of the 20 balls from the Powerball barrel.
So when a Powerhit ticket wins the Division One prize, it will also claim the Division Two prize 19 times with the remaining tickets that matched all seven main numbers but not the Powerball.
In July one lucky South Australian punter was the beneficiary of this, scooping a cool $1 million extra on top of his Division One prize.
“It’s the extra icing to the multi-million-dollar cake,” Ms Spencer said.
The Powerhit ticket is exactly the same cost as playing 20 individual games.
Where can Powerball tickets be bought?
Powerball tickets can be purchased online, via The Lott’s official app and from official outlets.
There are 4111 licensed lottery outlets across Australia, where a paper entry can be bought.
While less popular with older generations, playing online or via the app allows The Lott to immediately identify the winner.
Players of Powerball draw 1217 must ensure they have their tickets purchased before 7.25pm AEST on Thursday for the 8.30pm AEST draw.
The draw is televised on 7Two.
Winners playing online and on the app will be contacted and those with paper tickets can scan them with the app or take them to their nearest outlet to see if they have won.
If gambling is a problem for you go to Gambling Help Online or call 1800 858 858.
Do you have a story tip? Email: [email protected].
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, download the Yahoo News app from the App Store or Google Play and stay up to date with the latest news with Yahoo’s daily newsletter. Sign up here.A day before the second largest lottery jackpot in Australian history, a breakdown of the winning Powerball tickets in 2019 has been revealed. ]]>