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‘My biggest concern was my children’: R81m PowerBall winner is a dad who lost his job in 2019

A father who struggled to make ends meet and support his children after losing his job in 2019 is now a multimillionaire.

The East London man purchased his R15 ticket in Quigney and won a huge R81m in October 27’s draw.

“On the morning of October 28, at about 3am, I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to check the PowerBall results online and that’s when I found out I had won the jackpot,” he said.

Lottery operator Ithuba said the man had claimed his winnings.

Asked why it took him two weeks to come forward, the winner said that he had misplaced his identity document and knew he could not receive his winnings without valid identification.

He said the windfall came at the right time as he could not support his children.

East London punter wins R81m in PowerBall draw

“I lost my job in 2019, and I started doing odd jobs to make ends meet. My biggest concern was taking care of my children,” he said.

“A few weeks ago the mother of my first child threatened to take me to the maintenance court as she was not happy with the money that I was contributing towards raising our child. This frustrated me as I really was giving all that I could.”

The man has decided to invest the majority of his winnings, with his children’s education his top priority. He told Ithuba he plans to buy a house in which his children can live comfortably.

He also said he wanted to spend part of his winnings to help homeless people in East London as part of giving back.

“I feel honoured that finally I will be able to do much more than just give a R5 coin to the homeless,” he said.

Ithuba spokesperson Busisiwe Msizi said the man had received trauma counselling and financial advice, which was offered to all winners of R50,000 and above.

“He spent a lot of time with the financial adviser – more than most of our winners usually do. The feedback we received was that he had many questions and wanted to thoroughly understand the magnitude of his winnings and how he could preserve his new wealth,” she said.

A father who struggled to make ends meet and support his children after losing his job in 2019 is now a multimillionaire.

24-year-old Wisconsin man Manuel Franco is winner of $768 million Powerball jackpot: ‘It feels like a dream’

The winning ticket was sold in March at a Speedway in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin man wins $768M Powerball jackpot

Wisconsin resident Manuel Franco is the winner of last month’s $768.4 million Powerball jackpot — the third-largest lottery amount in U.S. history.

“It feels like a dream,” Franco, 24, said at a press conference Tuesday.

“It was amazing, my heart started racing, blood pumping,” he said. “I screamed for about 5 or 10 minutes.”

“My dad cried lot,” he added.

The winning ticket was sold on March 27 at a Speedway in New Berlin, about 15 miles west of Milwaukee.

“I walked into the Speedway and I purchased $10 worth of individual Powerball tickets,” Franco said. “I honestly felt so lucky that I did look up at the camera and I wanted to wink at it cause I just had that lucky feeling.”

He went to work the day after he won but was anxious and sweating. He said he never showed up to work again after that day.

Before the big win, Franco said his biggest concern was getting his bank account up to $1,000.

Franco, who was born in Milwaukee, has been playing Powerball since he turned 18. He said he bought his first ticket on his 18th birthday.

The jackpot has a lump sum cash value of $477 million, according to Powerball.

Franco said he is accepting the lump sum. He will receive just over $326 million after taxes, said lottery officials.

“I’m sure you’ll never see me as like one of the people who went bankrupt or broke or anything like that. I plan to live my life normal as much as possible,” he said.

Franco said he doesn’t know what his future holds but that he wants to “help out the world.”

The winning ticket was sold in March at a Speedway in New Berlin, Wisconsin. ]]>