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Prize Home Winner Lottery 182

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When Terri and John set off on a six month trip to western Queensland they never expected to make an early detour via the Sunshine Coast to collect the keys to a luxury million dollar home!

The Surf Life Saving Champions Club members were drawn as the lucky winners of Lottery 182 on Friday 18th August. Winning a stunning waterfront home plus $30,000 Gold Bullion, a total prize value of $1,215,399!

 “At the time we were working in a remote part of Australia with no phone reception would you believe – the nearest coverage was around 150km away. When we eventually visited an area with mobile reception and my phone would not stop buzzing, I had around 12 missed calls!

“Surf Life Saving had gone to extraordinary lengths to track us down.

“It was actually my boss who first passed on the news. She called me into her office and said, ‘you need to ring your daughter’. She had such a serious look on her face, I thought something terrible must have happened! As I started to panic she said, ‘I think you’ve won a million dollar home!’ Eventually we spoke with our daughter who was completely over the moon. She said, ‘we’ve looked at the results online and I’m sure it’s you!’ After listening to the other voice mails, I rang the Head of Foundation at Surf Life Saving who confirmed the news. It sent chills straight down my spine!”

The couple were completely overwhelmed by the life-changing experience.

“We’ve never experienced anything like this, when we were handed the keys at the home, I almost broke down crying,” said Terri.

“I can’t believe we’re the owners of this beautiful home. As we walked around it started to dawn on me that everything is ours now, from the massive french door fridge to the pictures on the walls…everything is included!

“Apart from this unbelievable prize, the real win for us is being closer to our family again. It’s been challenging being so far away from them, but now they’re all so excited to come and stay with us in this magnificent home.”

Terri explained Surf Life Saving has always played an important part in their lives. “I think Surf Life Saving do a fantastic job to help protect people at the beach. We always took our kids to the beach when they were young and now our grandkids are involved in nippers. Joining the Champions Club is an incredible way to support the cause. I’ve always thought of my membership as a way of making my contribution, but people do win amazing prizes – and now we’re proof of this! I’d encourage anyone to buy Surf lottery tickets, or better still, to join the Champions Club. After all, you’re supporting a great cause and the opportunity to help save a life is really the greatest prize of all.”

Prize Home Winner Lottery 181

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June 23 is a day Ms L will never forget. It’s the day she received a life-changing phone call from Surf Life Saving Lotteries advising her she had won first prize in Lottery 181, valued at a total of $1,064,900.

“23 is my new lucky number,” she said. “I’ll always remember that date!

“I was at work when I received the call. I remember hearing the words… ‘Congratulations, you’ve won a million dollar prize!’ I was shocked, I was just so excited!”

Ms L was the winner of a stunning two-level apartment overlooking the Gold Coast Broadwater plus a massive $200,000 Gold Bullion and a bonus $60,000 luxury car.

“I feel so blessed! Words can’t explain how I feel, I’m just so thankful.

“I’ve been working two jobs to try and provide the best for my children. I’ve had some hard times in the past but I would always just keep going, trying my best.

“The win has been such an incredible relief, I feel like I can breathe. It was such a great feeling to be able to pay out my debts! I feel free now.

“It’s such a good feeling to be able to help your children out as well. I’ve been able to buy my son a new car and help my daughter with extra tutoring at school. We’re also planning a holiday to stay at our new Gold Coast home! We’re really looking forward to taking a little break.”

Brimming with goose bumps, Ms L explained the stroke of good luck came somewhat as a twist of fate.

“I feel like someone is watching over me.

“I went to see a fortune teller a few months before the draw. She said, ‘you will be really successful, there is money coming your way. All the good things you have done in the past will come back to you.’

“I had bought lottery tickets years ago but I had stopped playing. I thought I’d buy a ticket with Surf Lotteries and just have a go… I can’t believe I actually won! I’m still so excited.

“The most exciting part about winning is really owning my own property. And not just any property, but a property on the Gold Coast! It’s a dream come true.”

Ms L said she’s planning to keep the prize home as a holiday house.

“I’d love to entertain the thought of living in the apartment one day! My family would have the best lifestyle there… So you never know.

“Honestly, I don’t need to work two jobs anymore but I’d really like to stick with it and save some money to put aside for my children and to help my grandmother.

“I also think it’s important to give back to charity. I’ll certainly continue to support Surf Life Saving and the work they do.

“I truly believe good things happen to good people, more so than ever now.”

The exceptionally grateful winner said she was excited about all the opportunities ahead of her.

“Now that I’m debt free, I have the flexibility to choose what I want for the future… I want to keep working but really enjoy life and spend time with my children.”

Prize Home Winner Lottery 180

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Retirement is starting to look a whole lot brighter for Mr H… The former seaman couldn’t believe his luck when he received the call of a lifetime from Surf Life Saving Lotteries.

Mr H was drawn as the first prize winner in Lottery 180 on 28 April 2017, making him the proud new owner of a stunning single storey home at Pacific Harbour, Bribie Island.

“It still feels like a dream! I have to pinch myself,” said Mr H.

As the winning ticket was one of 70 Mr H purchased in a $50 book of tickets, he also took home a bonus prize of $50,000 cashable Gold Bullion, bringing his total prize pool to $1,051,399!

“I never expected to win anything. I feel so lucky.”

The humble pensioner couldn’t believe the scale of the prize he’d won.

“It’s a huge house, it’s like a castle,” he said as he explored the breathtaking golf course-front home, complete with a beautiful furniture and design package valued at $131,399, for the very first time.  

Mr H said it was hard to comprehend winning such an incredible gift. He explained that the win has given him an indescribable sense of relief.

“I think I will sell the house and invest the money,” he said.

“Either way, I now know I have a secure future ahead of me and I can enjoy the rest of my life.”   

Prize Home Winner Lottery 179

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When Gabriele stepped through the front door of her brand new, waterfront home for the first time she struggled to fight back tears.

Like many of us, the mother of three had always dreamed of owning the perfect home but she never thought that day would actually come.

“When I got the phone call from Surf Life Saving Lotteries I didn’t believe it,” she said.

“I was just speechless. I thought no, this couldn’t happen to me!”

Gabriele had won first prize in Lottery 179 – a luxurious Sunshine Coast home plus $50,000 Gold Bullion, valued at a total of $1,051,399.

“You never expect to get a phone call like that!

“Honestly, I had forgotten about the ticket. I’d bought a $50 book of 70 tickets on the closing day of the draw. I thought, you know what, I’ll just have a go.”

Perhaps it was fate, or maybe it was just a lucky break, but the windfall couldn’t have come at a better time for Gabriele.

“I’d been worrying about my future. Only an hour before I got the call I said to my partner, ‘I’m going to be renting in retirement.’

“But now, I can look around this beautiful house and think I own all of this! It’s not a holiday or a rental, it’s my home…

“And the whole house is so beautiful. It’s so open and relaxing, I love it! 

“It’s just so nice not to have to worry about money. 

“For the first time in my life I’ve woken up and not thought, ‘I’ve got this bill to pay or that bill to pay, what am I going to do?’

“It’s definitely changed my life!

“If someone was thinking about buying a ticket I’d encourage them to do it. It’s such a worthy cause. And you may not win this time or the next time, but there could be another time down the track where you do win.”

Prize Home Winner Lottery 178

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Grandparents strike it big

Mrs M was at home with her daughter and granddaughter when she received the phone call that would change her family’s future forever.

December 16, 2016 had been just another day at work for Mrs M, but as she headed home, the aged care worker noticed she’d missed a number of calls that day. It wasn’t until her home phone began to ring that her curiosity really started to spike.

Mrs M was the lucky winner of Lottery 178 – a stunning Brisbane city apartment, designed and furnished to the value of $123,625 PLUS $200,000 Gold Bullion, valued at a total of $1,069,625.

“All I could say was oh my god, I couldn’t believe it!” said Mrs M.

“My daughter came rushing over and asked, ‘what’s going on?’ I said, ‘I’ve won…’

“I was saying the words out loud, but all I could think was this is surreal. I don’t win things like this, other people do… But I did.”

Mrs M has often supported Surf Life Saving in the past but as a grandmother to an active one-year-old she decided to spend a little more than usual in the Christmas lottery draw.

“Our granddaughter loves the water. I thought she is going to be visiting the beach, I need to support them [Surf Life Saving] even more now.”

The winning ticket was one of 70 Mrs M had purchased for $50 at a local shopping centre. The grandmother was very surprised to discover her ticket purchase also qualified her for an additional $50,000 Gold Bullion, the bonus prize bringing her total prize value to more than $1.1 million.

“When Surf Life Saving Lotteries ran through all the prize details, I thought when is she going to stop? I knew I’d only spent $50. It was unbelievable.”

Mrs M said winning the prize home AND $250,000 in cashable Gold Bullion had been an incredible feeling.

“We’ve paid stuff off, I’ve bought a new car, and we’re going on holidays. We’ve always loved travelling,” she said.

Mrs M and her husband have decided to take a well-deserved break from work and are now planning the holiday of a lifetime!

But it’s not only Mr and Mrs M who have benefitted from the win.

“We’ve been able to help our son and daughter as well.

“Eventually, we will sell the prize home and give the children some money to put towards a deposit for their own homes. They both know they’ve got a big deposit for a house now.

“And we know our granddaughter will have a bright future ahead of her. She was really the reason I bought the ticket, for her future… We’re very grateful.”

Prize Home Winner Lottery 177

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The Dream of a Lifetime

Monday 17 October, 2016 will forever be a moment in time that changed the life of Mr P and his family from Baulkham Hills, NSW.
As the lucky winner of Lottery 177, Mr P won a luxury waterfront home on the Sunshine Coast and $35,000 Gold Bullion bringing his total first prize to a cool $1,033,540!
Winner 177 blogMr P and his family recently sat down with Surf Life Saving Lotteries to share what happened on that amazing day.

“My Son-in-Law and I were working on a boat for a planned holiday next year. My home phone kept ringing several times and I was so focused on the job at hand, I thought just leave a message. 10:00pm that night I decided to check my email and saw a note from Surf Life Saving Lotteries. The email advised that I was the winner of Lottery 177! At first, I was sceptical but the email knew too much about my circumstances and tears of joys started to swell. I asked my son-in-law to visit the surflottery.com.au website and under results there it was – Lottery 177 Winner Mr P from Baulkham Hills. Would you believe it still didn’t seem real and it was only when an official representative spoke with me on Saturday morning that all my emotions really came out, including reactions from my family.

Mr P and his family will be celebrating Christmas in style at the home and plan to use it as a holiday getaway.

“I bought a ticket because I believe the cause is tremendous. When I was a kid I really wanted to be involved in the movement but lived in a country area and transportation was difficult. I believe everybody should be given the opportunity to learn how to swim and in addition understand beach safety.  My advice for other supporters out there hoping to win a prize home is ‘have a go’. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that we would be blessed with this remarkable gift.”

Congratulations Mr P! We wish you and your family a bright future and sincere thanks for your support.

Prize Home Winner Lottery 176

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First Time Buyer Wins Big

What’s it like to win a prize home lottery?

176 Winner v2Just ask South Australian residents Andrew* and Carol* who were our lucky first prize winners of a $1,022,399 Gold Coast waterfront home.

Carol bought the ticket in the prize home online because she liked the look of it – unbeknown to Andrew. So, when Surf Life Saving Lotteries eventually got hold of Andrew he was completely stunned. He didn’t even know they had tickets until he missed the call from the Surf Life Saving Lotteries team!

“I was outside when I heard my mobile ring but I let it go to voicemail. I saw it was a 07 number but as I don’t know anyone in Queensland, I wasn’t too bothered and left it for a while. While I finally asked my partner to check my phone messages, she said there was a message from Surf Life Saving Lotteries. We started to think we must have won something … and when my wife told me she had bought tickets in one of their prize homes and it was drawn today, I began to get really excited, but at that stage we didn’t know what the prize was going to be,” Andrew said.

“We called the number back, left a message and waited with baited breath for my phone to ring again … I was definitely not going to miss the call back.

“When my phone rang again and the lady on the other end advised we had won a million dollar home on the Gold Coast plus a new Audi car valued at $60,000, I was stunned.  Disbelief and shock began to creep in … before this I couldn’t even win a pub raffle let alone two life changing prizes. This was the first time we supported Surf Life Saving Lotteries but we have the utmost respect for what they do – they are incredibly brave and the work they do is certainly worthwhile.”

The lovely couple are still planning what to do with their beautiful new home but have since joined the Champions Club to continue their support.

Congratulations Andrew and Carol, we hope you enjoy your new life.

*Names changed for privacy reasons

Prize Home Winner Lottery 175

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Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last!

Noosa nice guy Mr M didn’t expect to win first prize in Lottery 175.

But, the Noosa resident has now taken possession of a stunning Pacific Harbour home and furniture package at Bribie Island along with bonus Gold Bullion bringing his prize total to $966,540.

“People like me aren’t supposed to win anything,” he said.

Mr M did not return any of the initial calls from the Surf Life Saving team on the day of his win and a whole weekend went by before we could contact him. When we did reach him, it took around five minutes on the telephone with our Head of Foundation Steve Francia to convince him he had won the major prize.

“I have always bought Surf Life Saving lottery tickets because lifesavers do a great job.

“But when I got the call, I thought it was someone trying to sell me more tickets, so I didn’t even bother to listen to the message. I’m still pretty embarrassed about my initial reaction.

“Like most people I suppose, you don’t really have the expectation you’ll win – but this time I did.”

Mr M could not initially find the winning ticket and thought perhaps we had made a mistake.

“I called Steve and said, I can’t see that ticket number in my tickets – are you sure you haven’t made some kind of mistake,” he laughed when recalling the telephone call.

However, once it was explained to him that he would have received two allocations of tickets as a Champions Club member, he went away and checked his second allocation of tickets – and sure enough there was number 4965791. He could finally allow himself to believe it could be true.

“I have shared the news with family and friends and everyone is delighted for us – in fact they are all excited that they know a prize home winner!” he said.

When asked about his future plans Mr M said, “We’ll sell the house because we have only recently settled on the Noosa property, but that will give us some breathing room and we can do some travel, relax and decide what to do for the next phase of our life. After running a seven day a week business for several years, it would be great to slow things down a bit and get our weekends back, so finding a five day business would be ideal.”

Lottery 174, Hope Island Winner Story

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We have happily supported Surf Life Saving for a number of years because it’s such a worthwhile cause – Surf Life Savers save lives and you can’t get more worthwhile than that.

Like many people who purchase tickets in the prize home lottery, I didn’t really expect to win … of course you always secretly hope, but at the end of the day I just considered my Champions Club membership was another way of providing funds to support a good cause.

When I first received the call from Surf Life Saving, I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing. To be honest you don’t expect  when you are going about your normal business on a day like any other that you are going to receive a call like that. And as the call progressed, you start to wonder whether it was some kind of hoax or scam, but what convinced me was the lady who called me knew too much about my Champions Club membership and personal details for it not to be legitimate.

I guess I really only believed it was real and  this incredible thing had happened to us when I got home and read the email that Surf Life Saving had sent me confirming all the details of my win.

It was after reading that confirmation that I decided to share the news with my family – but I was so overwhelmed by the win, that I couldn’t actually get the words out, and had to let my wife read the letter herself!  Really in that moment, life had changed for us forever.

This win now gives us options and the first thing for us is to take a long overdue holiday with hopefully many more to come! We also hope to be able to make a difference in the lives of our friends and family by giving them the opportunity to take a holiday when they need it most.  This win has been a true blessing for us and we want to be able to share that.

Lottery 173, Bribie Island Winner Story

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Our Prize Home draws generate a lot of excitement and Lottery 173, a beautiful home at Pacific Harbour Bribie Island was no exception. 

Unfortunately our winner, Mr A from Chandler in Brisbane wasn’t available to take our call so we left a cryptic message and waited patiently for him to call back.

Within the hour, Mr A had called us back and we managed to give him the good news – and to say he was excited is probably something of an understatement!

“I get a lot of different reactions when I speak to our winners”, said Kerry Clifford SLS Fundraising Strategy Manager. “From tears to cheers, disbelief and the occasional swear word, I think I have probably heard it all so far” she said laughing.

And Mr A was no exception – although he did take a little convincing. “I’m just a regular guy with a normal job and was certainly not expecting to receive this kind of call. I was at work so I couldn’t get to my phone but when I heard the message later something told me that this was going to be a good call to return” Mr A said.

And it certainly was a good call because Mr A found out he had suddenly become an instant millionaire by winning a stunning prize home plus, because he was a Champions Club member, he also received gold bullion, bringing his total first prize to $1,007,040.

“I have always been happy to support Surf Life Saving because of the terrific work that they do – in fact people probably take them for granted because they are always there. I have a couple of children and I really appreciate knowing that there is someone on the beach to keep an eye on us all” Mr A said.

So what does the future hold for our lucky winner? “Well, the kids and I will spend some time in the house and after that, I really don’t know. What I do know is, life has certainly improved for the better!”

Congratulations Mr A – we hope you enjoy your prizes and thank you for being a Champions Club member.