A man went into the store to buy bread on Monday, 18 November and decided to take a chance and bought a R45 Quick Pick ticket. On 19 November, it was revealed that the Powerball Plus of R50 million was won and the ticket was bought at Super Spar Parkrand on Van Wyk Louw Drive in Boksburg.
The anonymous bread buyer has since claimed his winnings. The winning numbers were 31, 32, 39, 45, 47 and 16. This was the 21st roll over amount and players were devastated to find out that the numbers on their tickets were not the selected ones.
Another bread buyer winning the lotto
A 23-year-old farmer from Raphoe, Co Donegal in Ireland, won €1 million (approx. R1,62 million) earlier this year, when his father gave him a lotto ticket. After work on a Saturday evening his father went to the shop to buy bread and milk, but the shop was out of stock, so he decided to buy 3 lotto tickets. When his father got home, he held the 3 tickets up to his mother to choose one, then he picked one and his father took the last one.
On his way to a to a party, he popped in at the shop next door to check his ticket, only to find out that he won. However, he was not aware of the amount, as it was too big for the shop assistant to tell what amount he has won. They only later realised that there was only 1 winner for the €1 million and it was them.
The 23-year-old has got a lot of plans as to how to spend his money: Buying machinery for the farm, sharing with his family and going on holiday.
Buying a lotto ticket instead of bread
Lotto winnings are shared weekly/monthly in the news. The news that is not shared, is the amount of people who will give up their bare necessities, such as bread and milk, to buy a lotto ticket. The odds of winning the big jackpot, depending on the country where you place your bet, or buy your ticket, can be anything from 1 in 45million to 1 in 292 million.
Some people buy a ticket once a week, or once a month, or once in a blue moon, when they are feeling lucky. But, for everyone, it is about luck. ‘Maybe today will be my lucky day’. ‘Today I’m feeling lucky.’ A win can change anyone’s life, even if it is not a big pay out. Thousands of people will continue to play, in the hope of a better life for themselves and their loved ones.