The national lottery operator, Ithuba, announced the winner bought her ticket in Ottery and used the Quick Pick selection method with a R30 wager.
And she is planning to give R2 million of her winnings to a petrol attendant from her local garage.
“I have been going to the same petrol station for years, and there has always been this young man who is polite and very helpful. His excellent service has never changed in any way over the years. We have even become friends and chat every time I go there to fill up my car.”
The woman says after buying her winning ticket, she put it in her purse “and forgot about it”.
“A few days ago while at the shop, I decided to check if the ticket had won anything. My heart started pounding when the cashier told me that I had to go to the National Lottery office to claim my winnings.”
She said she will be using the R79m to buy a house with a big yard for her adopted grandson to run and play in.
“My daughter and I adopted this baby boy when he was just 5 days old after he was living with his mother on the streets . We wanted to give him a better chance at life.
“I also want my 24-year-old daughter to resign from her job as a call-centre agent and go study towards a Psychology degree, as she has always wanted to.”
The mother also plans to invest in better quality healthcare, including a dietician, and building a children’s haven, to help take care of distressed children.