A jobless man in the North West has found that lightning can indeed strike in the same place twice after he successfully battled cancer and became a multi-millionaire.
The winner, who has not been identified, said he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year.
“After finding out I was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer I felt like my life was coming to an end.
“I started cancer treatment and all I could do was hope for the best,” he told Ithuba.
He hit another run of bad luck when on May 18 this year, while driving, he developed vision problems in his left eye.
“My work requires me to travel a lot and on this day I was on the road and suddenly my left eye was blurry and I was struggling to see the road.
“I consulted a doctor and he scheduled an emergency operation. Unfortunately, it was not a success and I lost all vision in my left eye,” he said.
That run of bad luck extended into June, when he received his last pay cheque from the company after depleting his sick leave.
However, that was when fortune began to smile on him.
He decided to play the Lotto on July 26, spent R45 and ended up winning R17.5 million. And a recent visit to the doctor showed that he had been successfully treated and there was no trace of cancer.
“I feel like I have been giving a new lease on life,” the winner said.
With his Lotto winnings, he will now be able to afford to have another eye operation to help improve his sight.