Emma and Seabata Makhakhe are looking forward to making some spectacular home dreams come true after scoring $500,000 from the Lotto Max Extra draw on January 7, 2022.
“We have dreamed about our kids’ education and always wanted to buy Seabata’s mom a house in Lesotho along with a small place for us in Cape Town,” Emma said.
The Victoria residents purchased their ticket from Thrifty Foods on Fairfield Road and Seabata discovered they won on a Sunday morning after checking it on the Lotto! app.
“It said $500,000 and I stopped and thought ‘wait’,” he recalled. “I had never been so confused with numbers and had to google what $500,000 actually looked like to make sure it corresponded. Once it hit me, I started screaming ‘we won!’”
The lottery winners celebrated their win over a nice bottle of bubbles and can’t wait to surprise Seabata’s mom with the exciting news.
In addition to purchasing South African real estate with a portion of their prize, the couple plans to put some of it away for the children’s education.
“This is a life-changing amount of money for us. We aren’t sure how it’s going to change our life, but we know it will,” Emma said.
“We can relax and do all of the things we weren’t able to do before,” Seabata added.
In 2021, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $42 million in winnings from the Extra and more than $262 million from Lotto Max. Anyone can win and #YouCouldBeNext. Watch some amazing lottery winner stories at www.playnow.com/lottery/winners/you-could-be-next. Lotto Max is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays after 7:30 p.m. (PST).
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