With the lockdown in full effect,
South Africans find themselves confined to their homes. Some are able to work
remotely, while others have been put on unpaid leave. Regardless of which group
you fall under, you are probably continuously on the lookout for new activities
to keep boredom at bay!
While some people have turned to online casinos for entertainment, others stick with lotteries. Whether you’re a gambler or not, it is always interesting to read about the outliers when it comes to lottery or casino winners. Have you ever wondered who the youngest SA Lotto winner is and what he or she did with their winnings? Well, wonder no more because today’s article will be taking a look at the youngest South African lottery winners.
In order to be eligible for playing
the lottery in South Africa, one must be aged 18 or older. Naturally, this
means that our South African winners are typically on the older side of the spectrum.
But that doesn’t mean that our young South Africans don’t have a shot at
winning the lottery—far from it.
Back in July 2003, an 18-year old
and his or her 20-year old partner couldn’t believe that their decision to play
the numbers 12, 16, 25, 32, 38, 41 and bonus ball 6 would kick start their
lives when they won a whopping R6,020,852.00.
Instead of doing what many in their
position would have done and go on a frivolous spending spree, this clever
young couple used their winnings to pursue their education and invested the
Who says kids can’t be trusted with
money? These two certainly proved this theory wrong.
When a 21-year old KwaZulu-Natal
native spent R6 on a Daily Lotto ticket in 2019, it’s safe to say he never
expected to win R531,938.00. 8, 13, 14, 28 and 35 were this gentleman’s lucky
numbers & we bet he feels fondly about those numbers to this day.
How did he spend his winnings? He
used the money to not only improve his family’s circumstances but to also
assist the elderly members of his community before putting the rest into
The third youngest SA Lotto winner,
a 34-year old Secunda-based engineer,
won a jackpot that would change the course of his and his varsity sweetheart’s
life forever. Playing the numbers 1, 15, 23, 24, 35 and PowerBall number 4,
this lucky couple won a staggering R145,469,799.30.
This couple was virtually debt-free
when they won the jackpot and so they could literally do whatever they wanted
with this significant sum of money. The pair stated that they would carefully
plan how they’d spend their winnings.
While not as young as the others on
our list, winning that amount of money at that age sets you up for the rest of
There’s no denying that we South
Africans are a savvy bunch, and our youngest lottery winners attest to this.
Let’s take a quick look at two of the world’s youngest lottery winners, both
hailing from the UK, and see how they compare to our own lucky young winners.
In the UK, you can begin playing
lottery at the tender age of 16. Is this wise? We’ll let Callie Rogers’ story
answer this question.
In late 2003, 16-year old foster
child Callie Rogers won an eye-watering £1.9 million—that’s roughly R39,219,675.40—in the UK
lottery. What did she do with her money? What any 16-year old would—squandered
it. She quit her job as a checkout clerk, got two breast augmentations, went on
luxury holidays, splurged on designer clothes and extravagant gifts to
boyfriends & purchased bags upon bags of cocaine.
only wise investments she made during this time was the purchase of a bungalow
for herself and a home for her mother—which is all she has to show of her
winnings today. But this story does have a silver lining: fast forward over a
decade and Callie, now a mother of three, knows the true value of money.
At the age of 17, Jane Park bought
her first ever lottery ticket and was blown away to be on the winning end of £1,000,000.00—according to today’s
exchange rate, that’s over twenty million rand. Sadly, Jane’s story is similar
to Callie’s, but minus the happy ending.
spent her winnings on multiple cosmetic procedures, luxury vehicles, gambling
and plenty of alcohol which led to her being summoned to court for driving
under the influence.
threatened the UK National Lottery with a court case as she essentially blames
everything bad that has happened to her since she was 17 on her win.
These young lottery winners
emphasise what playing the lottery is all about: that truly anyone can win.
While our young South African winners do us proud, the international stories
we’ve shared with you today should act as a cautionary tale.
Which is more ideal, winning the
lottery at a young age and being set up for life or later in life when you’re
mature enough to spend your winnings wisely? You decide.
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