Zim Man Hits Jackpot In SA, Wins 12 Million Rand Lottery4 years ago
A Zimbabwean man who has been living in South Africa for the last 10 years on Wednesday won 12 million Rand in a national lottery jackpot, Ithuba.
The man who grew up in abject poverty back home decided to try his luck for a second time after he won nothing at the first attempt.
After winning the lottery, the 34-year-old man said he would renovate his family home in Zimbabwe, buy himself a house and car, and invest the rest of the money. He said:
A few weeks ago, I decided to give lotto a try for the first time and I won just over R200. I decided to play again. I did not think much about the numbers, I just randomly selected them.
I could not believe it when I learnt that I had a winning ticket. I won R12m!
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My parents passed away when I was still very young and my sister had to step in as a mother figure to my siblings and me. Growing up in a child-headed home was tough – the poverty just never improved.
When I was in my early twenties, my friend who was already living and working in Durban suggested that I come to look for work in South Africa to help ease my circumstances at home. I stayed in Durban for five years and during that time I worked a lot of different casual and domestic jobs.
One of the companies I worked for in Durban recognised my hard work and offered me a permanent job at their head office in Johannesburg.
This move changed my life. I was able to rent a decent place and was able to help my family back home to have food on the table every day. I thought that my life could not get better than that.