11/7/09 – The conventional wisdom is that winning a major lottery jackpot is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but a South African businessman has just proved that it can be a repeat performance.
The 34-year-old married punter won SA Rands 30 million in South Africa's newly introduced Powerball lottery this week…seven years on from winning SA Rands 11 million in the Tatta Ma Chance lottery
SA Lottery officials said that the winner, who wishes to remain anonymous – made his own way to the lottery offices in Johannesburg having checked his R7 random choice ticket at a local Limpopo province store, where he found that he had beaten ‘galactic odds' to scoop the top prize twice.
Statistics showed he beat odds of 14 million to one to scoop his first jackpot, and 24 million to one to claim the second. The big winner indicated that he spends only SA Rands 100 a month on tickets.
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Officials said he had indicated he would invest most of the windfall for the future of his four children, but also hoped to spend some on establishing a charity to help Africa's poor.
A lottery spokeswoman said: "We offered to pick him up, but he decided to drive to our headquarters. We couldn't believe how calm he was.
He gave the impression of a man who has money. We were surprised to hear he only spends 100 rand a month on the lottery.'