A 63-year-old grandmother of five from Limpopo in South Africa has won R57m (£3.07m) in the October 24 LOTTO draw and she can finally board an aeroplane.
The LOTTO winner has remained anonymous just like the recent €4.43m Irish Lotto jackpot winners. She can’t read or write and has got poor eyesight too, admitting that when filling in her lottery ticket with randomly chosen numbers, “I was just guessing where the numbers are.”
Gladys is a regular South African National Lottery player but her previous highest win is R50 (£2.69). Her policy is to re-invest all her winnings in the next draw, though that’s likely to have been discontinued.
Her winning ticket was purchased in Germiston and It was her daughter who read out the winning LOTTO numbers that made her mother a millionaire. Her reaction was “God has answered my prayers,” then the dancing and an all-night celebration began. A recent R145m South African Powerball winner kept his winning ticket hidden in a sock.
The following day they went to Ithuba offices the next day to claim their LOTTO winnings. The winner has diabetes but now says “My life will be beautiful. I will be able to go to the best doctors and get good medication.”
Another win may come along as she’s going to continue playing the lottery as “it is now in my blood to play.” Canadian $1m Lotto Max winner Leo Barron is also continuing to buy lottery tickets.
The LOTTO winner has been dependent on her husband for income. Now she can get better transport and be eating better food. Other plans for her windfall include buying a new car. She’s always said if wining the Lotto, “I will get on a flying machine” and now plans on boarding a flight to Cape Town.
Her family will be looked after with houses built for each of her five children. A $4.7m Lotto 47 winner from Michigan, USA, couldn’t wait to treat his children. Canadians James and Rita Manthorne helped their grandchildren after a $675,000 Set for Life win.
If her family start fighting over the LOTTO winnings, she’s told them the R57 will be given away to the state. The LOTTO winner also wants to repair her home which has a damaged roof. Gladys also wants to help her local area by fixing the roads that continually get flooded when there’s heavy rain.
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