Tanzanian miner sells 3 Tanzanite stones for a combined $5.4 million

Tanzanian miner sells 3 Tanzanite stones for a combined $5.4 million

- Saniniu Kuryan Lazier, a Tanzanian miner, has struck gold after digging a third Tanzanite stone which he sold for a fortune

- The miner said that he would use the proceeds to help his community and build schools, among other things

- News of the third stone became known weeks after he found another two stones of the same variety

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A Tanzanian miner, Saniniu Kuryan Lazier, has sold a Tanzanite stone for $2 million weeks after he went viral for mining two similar gems.

How Africa reports that the stone is a blue and violet variety of the mineral zoisite and has only been found in northern Tanzania.

The 52-year-old miner and father of over 30 children said that he would use the money from the sale to help his local people.

“With the money we are getting, we will give back to our community. I personally have set up two schools for children with the money I received from mining,” he said.

It should be noted that miners like Lazier carry out their activities under the licenses provided by the government.

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A collage showing the man and the precious stones. Photos sources: BBC/Reuters

A collage showing the man and the precious stones. Photos sources: BBC/Reuters
Source: UGC

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Though the lucky miner said he would not change his lifestyle, he said that he would slaughter one of his cows to celebrate the win.

Another thing worthy of note is that the stone is used in fashionable accessories such as earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

Saniniu Laizer earned $3.4m from the country's mining ministry for the gemstones, which weighed 9.2kg and 5.8kg.

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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a lucky South African has become a multi-millionaire overnight and doesn't even know it yet.

A KwaZulu-Natal resident bagged a whopping R5.2 million in the Lotto Plus jackpot after splashing R800 on tickets.

However, according to The Sowetan, the lucky winner, who won on 15 February, has not yet come forward to claim his or her winnings.

The winner reportedly bought the winning ticket at a Checkers store in Margate, KwaZulu-Natal.

SA lottery took to Twitter to announce the R5.2 million winner, writing:

"Congratulations KWAZULU-NATAL! You have a new #LOTTOPLUS2 jackpot winner of R5,208,576 from 15/02/20 draw! #MANUAL Selection ticket wager amount was R800!"

Mzansi dubbed the lotto winner a "serious gambler" who got lucky.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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