In a strange twist of fate, the winner of R23.774 million Ithuba Lottery has come forward. This is just merely days after ITHUBA announced a September 19th deadline, after which the money would be forfeited.
The winning ticket was purchased at Shell Amberfield petrol station in Rooihuiskraal, Centurion, on September 18, 2019. The money has gone unclaimed since then, and one year to the date, it would have ended up forfeited.
Efforts by the media and by the Shell petrol station have finally bore fruit, after the winner came forward on Wednesday.
He told the media that he suspected he could be the one, and after going through all the tickets in his possession, the winning one was indeed there. That’s when he ran to the ITHUBA office in Sandton.
“We have verified the ticket and we can confirm that we have found the winner of the R23.774 Million LOTTO jackpot,” said Khensani Mabuza, Corporate Relations Executive at ITHUBA.
The company has urged players to pay attention to the draws, so as not to miss out on winnings.
If this money had gone unclaimed, it would have been the single largest amount in South Africa’s history. However, about R250 million in many small amounts remain unclaimed.