A man in his 40s who won a Lottery Jackpot valued at $1.57m or R23,744,139 showed up just 42 days before the ticket expires to claim his wining, SA Lottery confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday.
Business Insider (BI) South Africa previously reported that the winning lotto ticket was bought at Shell Amberfield petrol station last year and that it was at risk of being donated if the winner did not come forward.
“Great news, less than two months before the ticket expires, the fortunate Lotto jackpot winner of R23, 744, 139 has finally claimed their prize. Congratulations to the winner,” SA lottery tweeted.
For weeks petrol attendants at Shell Amberfield petrol station have been asking all motorists to check their cars and homes for the tickets. The petrol station has also posted notes on their Facebook page.
The lucky individual spent R30 at a Shell garage in Centurion, Pretoria on September 19, 2018 and used the Quick Pick option to have numbers randomly assigned.
The ticket would have expired on September 19, 2019, and transferred to the National Lotteries Distribution Fund (NLDF) to be distributed to charities if the lucky winner had not claimed their winnings, BI reported.