Story By: Conor Sheils, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
A jilted mum-of-four in Africa who was dumped by her ex for being poor has won over 5 million GBP and says she is really looking forward to driving past her former lover in a brand new car.
The unnamed woman, 35, from the Soweto township in the city of Johannesburg in Gauteng province in South Africa, made the comments after netting 114 million ZAR (5.86 million GBP) in the South African national lottery.
The woman’s huge win is even more significant because Soweto, where she lives, has become synonymous with poverty because of the cheap flimsy housing built by the government to provide cheap accommodation for black workers during apartheid.
Speaking about netting the sixth-highest lotto win in the country’s history, she told local media: “On my way from work I saw a long queue of people with slips and I knew they must be pursuing something big, even though I had no idea what the jackpot prize was.
“I became curious and searched for some coins in my bag to see if I could also play.”
She told local media that prior to the win her life was very difficult as she could often not afford to pay rent and had to spend time living away from her kids so that she could work.
However, since the win, her life has turned around and she is now looking forward to a brighter future.
She says she is looking forward to being able to raise her kids in the same city, along with buying a house and a stylish car.
She told local media: “I can’t wait to drive past my ex-boyfriend in my new car. He will probably faint when he sees me waving at him. He broke up with me because I was broke and didn’t have a fancy job.”
Her victory marks the sixth-highest jackpot to be won in the history of the South African National Lottery.
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