Since the start of the National Lottery in South Africa, many worthwhile charities have been funded as well as giving the public a chance to win big. Charitable organizations receive thirty-four percent of the total money with the rest paying retailers for distribution and of course the prizes, which account for forty-eight percent of the total revenue. The operators keep ten percent as operating costs in that equation.
We’ve had a look back at the six biggest winners, and judging by the prizes they have won, it is easy to understand why more than four out of five people play the lottery.
Biggest Ever Jackpot
Powerball has fast become the number one lottery game in South Africa and as you would expect, has produced some of the biggest winners. The largest win by far was on February 19th, 2019 and came through on a ticket purchased in Cape Town. The ticket netted the winner an astonishing R232 million. The lucky Powerball winner decided to stay anonymous and has pledged that the winnings will help secure the education of his children. The man, in his fifties, who bought the lucky ticket at an OK Mini Mart has vowed to keep working despite the massive windfall.
Second Highest Pay-out
The second-highest win also came from a Powerball game, netting one lucky man a whopping R145 million. After checking the Powerball results, and realizing that his numbers had come up, the winner chose to stay anonymous. However, it is reported that he said he has been playing various lotteries in South Africa for many years and never thought he would ever become a winner. The golden ticket was purchased in Evander, not far from his home in Secunda which lies in the province of Mpumalanga. An engineer by trade, the gentleman had told how he kept the ticket in his sock for four days before coming forward to claim his prize.
Third Biggest Pay-out
Showing the popularity of the game, we round out the top three winners with another Powerball jackpot. Coming in a very close third this lucky winner claimed over R141 million with a ticket purchased for R105 thanks to a Quick Pick selection. The town where the ticket was bought only has ten thousand residents, but a passing motorist could have purchased it. The national lottery operator, Ithuba, confirmed the winning ticket was purchased at a Spar in Groot Brakrivier, in the Western Cape.
Fourth Largest Win
Another lucky man had the biggest win for over seven years all the way back in 2011. Pocketing a cool R102 million with a ticket bought for R10.50. Another win thanks to a Quick Pick ticket after twenty-four successive rollovers to accumulate the enormous prize. The man with the winning ticket almost didn’t collect the prize as the ticket had to be scanned three times (twice coming up negative) before the cashier in the store finally told him he had a winner on his hands. The businessman, in his twenties at the time, reported how he would add the winnings to his savings, pay off all his debts and start to lead a more comfortable and fulfilling life.
Fifth Highest Jackpot
There was much confusion surrounding this R91 million win as many believed the winner to be a deaf and mute gentleman from Parktown, Cape Town. It was later discovered he had bought a ticket with the winning numbers, but unfortunately, he had purchased the ticket a day after the draw closed. The man, who chose to keep his name anonymous, in his fifties at the time has told how he and his family had to hide for days due to the attention they received. The eventual winner was found to be a mother of two in her forties who, much like our other winners, chose to stay anonymous.
Sixth Biggest Win
This lucky winner purchased their ticket only fifteen minutes before the draw was made for an amount of over R87 million. Back in 2016, the winner was a government state employee and had been playing the lottery for sixteen years, praying before every draw. He bought the lucky ticket from a filling station in Mokopane, Limpopo where he obtained a Quick Pick that produced the lucky ticket. The filling station owner says he was inundated with many people believing they had the winning ticket until the prize was eventually claimed from the Ithuba offices in Polokwane, Limpopo a few days after the draw. The winner, who chose to stay out of the limelight, said how he will use the money to help those in need and invest the rest in ventures to financially secure their future, adding that they will treat themselves to a mansion in Gauteng or Mpumalanga.
Those are South Africa’s biggest lottery wins in recent history. As most of us know, winning the lottery produces odds that the majority might consider impossible, and yet, if the above is anything to go by, picking the right numbers can indeed happen to anyone. Even when the picks are randomly generated by the computer. Like any game of chance, you have to “be in it to win it” and the lottery certainly qualifies. So if you too want to end up being written about in an article one day, you need to start making plays and picking your favorite numbers, and your big day might just be around the corner!
Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday
An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.
Why stay at an exotic resort
Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:
Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.
Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.
Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand
The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf
The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.
Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.
You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.
Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.
Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.
Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines
These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.
Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.
This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.
Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example
Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.
Being one of the most responsible corporate citizens around, celebrating Independence Day was always going to be on the radar for itel Mobile. To make this possible and memorable, the brand got to work in earnest. The focus of the work was picking the best way to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of the most populous black nation on earth.
The efforts soon paid off through an impact-driven partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With the arrangement, both partners considered a couple of activities capable of affecting communities positively and bringing smiles to people’s faces in Lagos. At the end of the exercise, taking care of children, the leaders of tomorrow, in the commercial city secured the highest votes.
With the decision, itel Mobile set about making this happen. Not surprisingly, the decision was
influenced by giving children the means to excel and prepare them for leadership and nation-building, for them to enjoy better life. For the good of their immediate family, community and the Nigerian society.
Idiko, Mushin, a suburb of mainland Lagos, was chosen as the benefiting community. And the partners strategically reached out to the beneficiaries, children and families, with gifts of love, care, happiness and support made possible by the itel Love Always On CSR initiative.
Over 1,000 families benefited from the gesture as well as 600 children, and each one of them received food packages to celebrate Nigeria’s 60 th Independence Day commemoration.
Speaking on the event and itel’s Love Always On CSR Initiative, Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager said, ‘We wanted to mark this year’s Independence Day celebrations differently, and that is why we did something so momentous for our children. Children are the backbone of any longstanding community, and as such, we are proud to be able to give back and support them on their journey as leaders of tomorrow and for a better life.’
To meet the demands of the memorable event, 30 volunteers joined the customer-centric brand and the Lagos-based NGO to share smiles, and to convey just how important it is to love and take care of today’s children who will ultimately become leaders of tomorrow.
With the thoughtful activity, there are insights for everyone, from the government to citizens, on partnerships that are capable of making life better for children. Indeed, itel Mobile and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative have offered a great template on bringing this to reality.
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