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A winning R23m lotto ticket was bought at a Gauteng petrol station last year — now the money will be donated if the winner doesn't come forward

Bombi Mavundza , Business Insider SA
 Aug 05, 2019, 02:49 PM
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The Shell petrol station, next to the Mall at Reds shopping centre, in Rooihuskraal, Centurion where the winning ticket was bought. Facebook
  • The national lottery operator, Ithuba, is looking for the winner of an unclaimed R23 million lottery ticket.
  • The ticket was bought at a Shell petrol station in Centurion in September last year. 
  • If the owner doesn't come forward, the amount will be donated to charity.
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Since September last year, a R23.774 million windfall has been waiting for the owner of a lucky lottery ticket. 

The person bought the ticket at the Shell Amberfield petrol station in Rooihuiskraal, Centurion. He or she spent R30 and used the Quick Pick option to have numbers randomly assigned.

The ticket was bought on September 19th 2018, and will expire on the same day this year, says national lottery operator Ithuba. The money will be transferred to the National Lotteries Distribution Fund (NLDF), to be distributed to charities.

"We have been looking for the lotto winner for weeks now," Denise Weweje, manager of the Shell Amberfield petrol station, tells Business Insider South Africa.

When the winning ticket was announced last year, Weweje assumed the winner claimed the money elsewhere. 

Read also: FNB clients have won more than R800 million in the Lotto by playing via the bank

"It wasn't until I saw the notice on the national lottery's website, this year, that we thought to get involved," she says.

Petrol attendants have been instructed to ask all motorists to check their cars and homes for the tickets. The petrol station has also posted notes on their Facebook page.

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The advert Shell Amberfield posted on their Facebook page hoping someone would come forward, has been shared 16 times to date

Weweje says there is no video footage that could help in finding the potential winner.

"We don't know what else to do further to track this person," she says.

This is the largest unclaimed amount for a single ticket to date, but Ithuba says a collective R250 million for smaller wins remains unclaimed.  

"Players who participate in Lottery games do so in the hope of winning big," says Khensani Mabuza, Ithuba's corporate relations executive, in a statement.

"We, therefore, urge all players to check their tickets and submit valid claims to receive their pay-outs," she says.

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