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PowerBall Player Thanks God For R86 Million Win

PowerBall Player Thanks God For R86 Million Win

A PowerBall player has come forward to claim the R86 million jackpot from 17 September, thanking God for her good fortune after her numbers came up in the draw.

The lucky lady matched the numbers 8, 10, 17, 26 and 39, plus the PowerBall of 14, becoming the game’s first jackpot winner since July.

It was announced straight away that the winner had played through the Absa banking app, purchasing tickets worth R75 on the day of the draw.

The money initially remained unclaimed, but the winner has now stepped forward to receive their money.

“Without God, this would not have been possible,” said the winner, who has decided to remain anonymous.

The latest win represents another success for a player who has used a banking app, after the National Lottery partnered with several of South Africa’s major banks to offer even more convenience to players.

“This year Absa has produced the second-highest PowerBall jackpot winner in the history of the SA National Lottery from the draw that took place earlier in July, the biggest jackpot winner of 2021 thus far and the biggest online jackpot winner since Ithuba took over as the operator in 2015,” said Charmaine Mabuza, CEO of National Lottery operator Ithuba.

“This is an indication that more players are embracing our online purchase methods for national lottery games as a convenient and safe method to play.”

Omar Baig, head of transactional banking at Absa Retail and Business Bank, confirmed it was a woman who had won. He said: “The R86m PowerBall jackpot winner played her lucky numbers on our banking app.”

First National Bank (FNB),  Nedbank and Standard Bank are among the other banks to have partnered with the National Lottery. Go to the How to Play page to find out how to take part through their websites and apps.

The PowerBall jackpot has already climbed back to R32 million since the latest win in September, while PowerBall Plus is also worth R18 million. Check out the results straight after draws take place on Tuesday and Friday nights.

Published: Tuesday 12 October 2021

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