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The winner of a South African Powerball jackpot worth 145 million Rand has revealed that he kept the ticket in his sock at night.

The winner was an engineer from Secunda named Thabo, who told lottery officials that he chose to put the South African Powerball ticket in his sock just in case he happened to get burgled overnight, he didn’t expect them to take his socks! The Powerball winner even showed up at work the Monday after his winning draw with his winning ticket tucked away inside his boot. Lottery winners have often kept their tickets hidden in strange places, such as an Irish Lotto winner who put her winning ticket in her sports bra, and a lottery scratch card winner from Kansas who put their $100,000 ticket in the freezer for safe keeping.

“I kept on thinking that what if I was involved in a car accident,” the lottery winner said. “You know how people lose their wallets in accidents, so it was safer there.” Last Tuesday, Mr Thabo found himself at South African Powerball lottery headquarters in Ithuba with his wife in order to claim their R145 million jackpot. The leader of an Irish Lotto syndicate put their €4.3 million winning ticket in a plastic bag.

He revealed that he found out about his big win last Saturday afternoon, one day after the South African Powerball drawing had taken place, and that he was shocked when he discovered his fortune. The lottery player was the sole winner of the R145 million jackpot, and throughout the weekend the couple said that they stayed to keep everything as normal as possible as they didn’t want to share the news before claiming the money.

“On Saturday, we sat still. I was even afraid to go out just in case something happened to me,” the lucky South African Powerball winner explained. The couple now plan to live as normal a life as possible before they quit their jobs. A couple from Dublin who won €1 million in the Daily Millions draw planned to keep life as normal as possible after their windfall.

“The money scares me. I don’t know what it would take for me to play the Lotto again,” said Mr Thabo. They plan to start a new business or two and invest some more of the money. A Lotto Max winner from British Columbia in Canada also said that she was scared by her new fortune.

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