Bank teller in court for allegedly stealing Lotto winner's money

Bank teller in court for allegedly stealing Lotto winner's money

- A 29-year-old bank teller was reportedly arrested on allegations of theft

- She allegedly stole a the lottery winnings of a client, 46, before getting caught by a financial adviser

- The suspect has since appeared in court and was granted R1 500 bail

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We all want to win the Lotto but stealing someone's winnings is not okay. A North West bank teller had to appear in court after she allegedly stole a Lotto winner's money.

The Sowetan identified the accused as 29-year-old Nonhlanhla Phillona Matinyane. Police spokesperson Col Adéle Myburgh revealed Matinyane was arrested on Monday following a probe into the alleged theft.

The 46-year-old client previously won an undisclosed amount of money in the lottery and was notified by her financial adviser that large sums of money were being withdrawn from her account.

Matinyane appeared in the Swartruggens Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for theft and was later released on R1 500 bail.

The case was postponed until 8 April.

Some South Africans reacted to the story on Twitter.

Social media user, @Chelsea20185, commented:

"Definitely theft, these days you can only trust yourself, every one is hungry for money."

Another tweep, @Simpel234, said:

"They should have mentioned the name of the bank so we know which bank to avoid."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a KwaZulu-Natal businessman walked away with a whopping R53 million in the Lottery after wagering R400 on his FNB app.

Another man has also come forward to claim his winnings. The petrol station supervisor from Secunda played on 19 February but he forgot about it and only checked his ticket last week. He won R3 million.

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