Jackpot winner pockets Sh1.6 billion- biggest in Africa

One lucky South African has won a Sh1.6billion (R232 million) Powerball jackpot, Ithuba Holdings, South Africa's national lottery operator, has revealed.

The winner, whose identity is not known, correctly matched five numbers and a PowerBall that was standing at R232 131 750 after 24 winner-less draws. 

The winning combination for the PowerBall jackpot was 14, 18, 21, 26, 35 PowerBall: 5

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The lottery firm says the winner is yet to claim the money.

However, the winner has 365-day period to claim their prize, thereafter the cash prize gets forfeited.

"The ticket was bought at a OK Mini Mark Tygerdal in Goodwood, Western Cape. The player used a manual selection method, with a ticket wager amount of R22.50. The winner has not yet contacted Ithuba," the operator said in a statement.

The winner becomes the first person in South Africa to win the biggest PowerBall jackpot after a man from Secunda, Mpumalanga, won the R145 million Powerball jackpot in August 2018.

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