But as she attempted to cash it in, her joy changed to disappointment. Takalani Tshikhudo insists that her partner was behind her.
"When I refused, he said that Sunbet had stolen my ticket,"
The 39-year-old from Amanda Park in Mamelodi, east of Tshwane, claimed she won, but Elias said she needed half of the winnings.
"When I refused, he told Sunbet that my ticket had been stolen," she said.
"I learned this when I went to cash in my winnings. They told me that he identified my ticket as being stolen."
Takalani attempted to clarify that the ticket was hers, but they weren't going to support her.
"They told me that the person who has the right to claim the money is the one under whose name the ticket is registered," she said.
She said that she begged Elias to say the facts, but he declined and fled their house.
"I'm stuck with a ticket that I can't afford and the man I loved is responsible for it," she said.
She regrets sending Elias to make a bet on her, as she is now using it to ruin her.
"I was going to share the money with him, but I wasn't going to give him half," she said.
"He's jealous because I refused to share my wealth with him. He's tried to sabotage me."
As Daily Sun approached Elias, he claimed that it was just misinformation, and that the People's Paper would regret it if his reputation had been killed.
"Go ahead and utter the truth. I'm not going to suggest anything to you. Why do I have to talk to you?" he asked.
Spokeswoman Enid Vikers said that Sun International will look into the matter as soon as Takalani had the information.
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