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R15m Lotto win ‘a gift from God’

A pastor recently won what he considers to be a gift from God – a R15-million Lotto jackpot.

“The 59-year-old pastor from Polokwane in Limpopo said that his winnings were a gift from God‚” National lottery operator Ithuba said in a statement on Monday.

“Excited‚ the winner said that he wanted to use his millions to uplift the church and to give back to those closest to him‚ who were financially helpful towards his family during their most trying times.”

The winner also wants to spoil his wife.

“I plan to spoil my wife of 20 years as a token of appreciation to her‚ for sticking by my side when the going was tough. People used to tell her to leave me because I was broke. Today‚ I’m a millionaire!”

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The winner tried to set up spaza shops and other informal businesses over the years. He was not identified.

“The first-time winner said that he was glad he had not given up believing that he would one day win the jackpot. Recalling his lucky moment‚ he explained that the numbers appeared to him in a dream and when he woke up‚ he wasted no time.”

He spent R20 on tickets.

“Having missed the draw show‚ the winner checked the numbers at an outlet on his way home but didn’t realise that he had struck the jackpot until he got home‚ where he shared the news with his wife. The instant millionaire was still in disbelief and said that he never thought this would happen to him.”

A pastor recently won what he considers to be a gift from God – a R15-million Lotto jackpot.

Gauteng priest bags R7.2m in the lotto

A Brakpan priest had his prayers answered when he won R7.2m in the Lotto plus jackpot.

The priest, who wishes to remain anonymous, was a joint winner with a woman from Lichtenburg in the North West who also did not want to be named.

They shared the R14m jackpot that was up for grabs on October 24.

Not only did the two winners bet the same numbers, which they selected manually, but also purchased their tickets for R20.

The priest said he had been petitioning God to grant him financial freedom.

“I have been praying for God’s intervention for months now, asking him to ease my financial burdens so I can take care of my children and be able to do more for the church.

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“My prayers particularly became more intense from July this year, I started feeling a lot of pressure and I ‘fought’ with God, asking him not to forsake me when I have been a loyal servant to him,” said the winner.

“A few days before I played the Lottery, I visited my wife’s grave. I pleaded with her to speak to God on behalf of our family. I believe that she is now a spiritual being who is closer to God than we are. Earlier this week, I went to check my tickets and I was pleasantly shocked to learn that I had won the Lotto Plus 2 jackpot.”

Asked how he planned to spend the money, he said three things were at the top of his list: ensuring his children’s education was paid for and their basic needs were taken care of, renovating his parents’ old house and contributing to the church.

The winner said he was not planning on disclosing to anyone, apart from his children, that he was a winner. “This will be a private matter between my children and me,” he said.

The second winner simply said she wanted to buy a house and retire. She would like to keep news of her winnings strictly confidential.

A Brakpan priest had his prayers answered when he won R7.2m in the Lotto Plus jackpot. ]]>