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Woman dumps broke SA man — and then he wins R60million PowerBall

As soon as he the man who has refused to be identified finds a woman, he is ready to settle down and start a family.

A South African financial professional in his early 30s, whose girlfriend had just dumped him, poured on himself ice-cold water when he noticed he had just won R60m.

In a statement, PowerBall and Lotto operator Ithuba Holdings said the man claimed his winnings on Tuesday when he had won his draw on Friday.

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

He said his luck has changed as he was recently dumped by his girlfriend.

“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,” he said, speaking through Ithuba.

“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 new millionaire said his plan is to invest most of the winnings.

“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.”

He also mentioned that he would continue to work despite his newfound fortune.

“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,” he said.

He is also planning to donate some of his winnings to those in need

“It is really heartbreaking to witness the impact of the pandemic in our society. I want to help as many people as I can to meet at least some of their basic needs. I also want to do animal charity work as I feel that animals have really been neglected throughout this pandemic,” he said.

“Oh, and I will also buy my ex-girlfriend a fridge, probably a washing machine too, just to say ‘no hard feelings’.”

He also added that he is ready to settle and start a family once he finds a good woman.

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