I got a “scam” lottery call that turned out to be life changing – but I’m still not going to quit my job
A South African man nearly missed a massive £4.9million lottery jackpot after refusing to take a call from an unknown number.
The man, whose identity has not been revealed, said he would continue to work in the financial sector, although he became an overnight millionaire this week.
The winner from Pretoria spent 150 rand – the equivalent of £7.42 – on a Powerball lottery ticket online via the First National Bank (FNB) app before manually choosing his numbers.
But when FNB tried to contact him the next morning, he ignored the call, thinking it was a telemarketing company trying to peddle a service or product.
He finally picked up his phone, realizing he had won the 100m rand (£4.9m) jackpot, as FNB bank officials checked his bank details over the phone.
“I was excited, extremely happy. I’ve been playing lottery games since college, so it’s been many years, and this is the first time I’ve won a jackpot,” the man said.
“People need to understand that the chances of winning the lottery are very high, you will never know when it will be your turn to win, now I know winning is possible.”
Despite his new found fortune, the winner has no intention of quitting his job.
“I don’t plan to make any big changes to my lifestyle, everything will still be normal, maybe I could just buy a car and a house only,” he explained.
“I plan to pay off the debt and invest the rest of the money.”
Ithuba National Lottery CEO Charmaine Mabuza congratulated the winner and said all winners of £2,437 and above receive trauma counselling.
Earlier this month we revealed the biggest unclaimed lottery jackpots in the world, from a Brit who missed out on a multi-million prize to a doctor who ‘lost his winning ticket’.
The biggest unclaimed EuroMillions lottery prize – £64m – has come from the UK, after a lucky person bought the ticket in the Stevenage and Hitchin area of Hertfordshire.
As the days passed, notice boards were erected and calls were made to locate the winner, but the £64 million jackpot expired on December 5, 2012, past the six-month limit.