Monday, February 15, 2010

Deaf Mute Not The Lotto Winner

Deaf Mute Not The Lotto Winner

The man widely reported to be the R91 million Lotto Powerball winner on Monday was today revealed to have bought his ticket the day after the momentous draw. Bongani Khumalo, chairman of Gidani, the company that operates the Lotto, said Philanders’ alleged win had been picked up by the media and he himself had not come forward to claim the prize.

The R91million prize is easily the largest jackpot ever won in South Africa and generated excitement over the lottery unseen in months. Gidani called a press conference today to explain away the misinformation in the media.

Khumalo confirmed that the winning ticket had been bought in the Western Cape but the actual winner is a middle aged mother of two. It is reported that the lady and her family are seeking privacy in a hotel while the storm blows over. She is reported to have exercised her right to privacy as per the Lotto licensing rules.