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‘No hard feelings’: Man dumped before winning R60mil to buy ex-lover a fridge

The 30-year-old man, who works in the finance sector, went to claim his winnings at the National Lottery Operator offices on Tuesday after winning the jackpot on Friday.

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JOHANNESBURG - The lucky winner of last week's R60 million PowerBall jackpot was nursing a broken heart when he got cheered up in the most dramatic way.

The 30-year-old man, who works in the finance sector, went to claim his winnings at the National Lottery Operator offices on Tuesday after winning the jackpot on Friday.

“I still cannot believe that I have won this much, the most I’ve won from the Lottery is R500, he said.

“My live-in girlfriend had just broken up with me, and I was not in the best of moods. By the time I checked the results on Friday night, I was by myself as she had already moved out. When I realised that I had won, I thought I was dreaming. I immediately went to take a cold shower and then came back to check again. It was real – lady luck was on my side, but clearly not so much for her!”

The winner explained that as he's fortunate to have a career and parents who are also financially sustainable, he will focus on investing and donating his money.

“Because of my profession, I am clued up on the kind of investments I want, to ensure that my money keeps working for me and bears interest. I am not going to resign. At the rate things are going I am anticipating a retrenchment in the organisation that I work for and in the industry as a whole. So I will wait for the retrenchment package and my upcoming bonus. It’s money that I have worked hard for so I am definitely waiting for it.”

The money he donates will go to meeting the basic needs of those less fortunate as well as to animal shelters.

As for his ex-girlfriend: “Oh and I will also buy my ex-girlfriend a fridge, probably a washing machine too, just to say no hard feelings," he said.

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