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A player won the massive Lotto jackpot on Saturday. Photo: Unsplash

‘I’m blessed’: Woman wins second-highest PowerBall jackpot of R158m

Oh, how so many of us wish we could win the Lotto. A woman from the North West has cracked the Powerball jackpot, here’s how she did it.

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A player won the massive Lotto jackpot on Saturday. Photo: Unsplash

A woman in the North West has just become R158 million richer. Yep, according to National Lottery Operator, ITHUBA, this is a record-breaking lotto win and the woman, who claims she isn’t lucky, has become the second-highest Powerball jackpot winner in the history of the SA 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. 


The woman has since claimed her winnings from the draw that took place on Tuesday 27 July 2021. 

According to ITHUBA, she played using the ABSA Banking APP and spent only R15 on the winning ticket using the manual selection method to select the winning numbers of 5, 12, 15, 28, 29, and PowerBall number 14.

The Lotto winner said the money could not have come at a better time as she lost her job last year due to COVID-19.  

“No, I’m not lucky, I’m blessed. I’m still in disbelief, overwhelmed yet very excited that I’m the  R158 Million PowerBall jackpot winner,” she said.  

“The winning numbers keep replaying in my mind. I’ve been playing the same numbers across Powerball and Lotto games for a while now. 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 added. 

“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”, she said. 


When asked what she plans to do with her newfound fortune, the North West mother said she would love to travel to Durban for a family vacation at the sea. 

“A portion of the winnings will go towards building and furnishing our dream home, with the help of an interior designer and the best architect to ensure that everything I have always dreamt of as a little girl, becomes exactly what I envision. We plan to invest a significant amount of our winnings, allowing for my family and I to live comfortably,” the lotto winner said. 

The rest of the winnings will be placed in an education trust, towards her children’s education and a portion will be donated to charity. 

ITHUBA CEO, Charmaine Mabuza said; “Congratulations to the second-highest Powerball jackpot  winner ever, we are happy to announce another banking app jackpot winner, this time with  our partner ABSA, this win also happens to be the biggest online jackpot win since ITHUBA  took over as the Operator in 2015.”  

Head of  Transactional Banking at Absa Retail and Business Bank Omar Baig said; “We are delighted that the record-breaking R158 million PowerBall Jackpot winner played  using our App.” 

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