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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!

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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.”

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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.

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Lottery 173, Bribie Island Winner Story

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Our Prize Home draws generate a lot of excitement at Surf Life Saving Lotteries and Lottery 173, a beautiful home at Pacific Harbour Bribie Island was no exception. Once the draw had been completed, all the staff gathered in the boardroom to hear the call that was going to change the life of one of our lucky Supporters forever.

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.

Lottery 176 Hope Island, Gold Coast

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Contemporary living on the Gold Coast, ready for you to move straight in.

Presenting Surf Life Saving Lotteries latest prize home valued at a staggering $1,022,399. This professionally designed home comes fully furnished and equipped with everything you need to make you feel right at home.

This home is perfectly positioned  along the Hope Island waterways to capture the warmth of the morning sun. The house invites gentle breezes and  magnificent panoramic views of the Hope Island Canals – a magnificent stretch of calm and tranquil waters.

You are located just minutes away from the finest beaches at Hope Island. Australia’s favourite theme parks, championship golf courses and premier shopping outlets are all at your fingertips.

The home truly lends itself to the Gold Coast lifestyle and makes the most of outdoor entertaining with a large alfresco dining area. Or for a more laid back approach, relax in your fabulously comfy oversized floating arm chairs.

As you step inside the home, you’ll find an open plan design comprising of the kitchen, lounge and dining areas, perfect for entertaining. You will also find a separate media room and study, for when you need some quiet.

Upstairs are four large bedrooms, including the master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. Each bedroom comprises a mix of light and bright colours, modern furnishings and designer art pieces.

This stunning $1M Hope Island prize home is open till 15 August, 2016. Make sure you check it out and while you’re online view our interactive 3D tour.

If you’d like even more chances to win, why not join our Champions Club. If you join before August 2, 2016 you will also go in the draw to win a $500 JB Hifi Gift Card. Find out more championsclub.com.au

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Lottery 172, Christmas Winner Story

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The M family were going about their normal day when an unexpected call on  18 December 2015 at 12:01pm changed their lives forever.

“I was getting ready for work at my sister’s house, all the kids were home from school holidays and I was just about to race out the door when my phone rang,”  Mrs M said.

“Hi Mrs M, I’m calling from Surf Life Saving Lotteries, how are you today?” said the woman on the other line.

I wasn’t sure what the call would be in relation too, but as per usual exchanged phone pleasantries I answered, “I’m well thanks, how are you today?”

“Very well Mrs M, the reason for my call today is to congratulate you on becoming a millionaire… you’ve won a $966,540 beach home plus $70,000 worth of gold bullion,” she said.

My family and I froze. Our jaws dropped and smiles began to emerge. The kids started jumping up and down hugging each other without restraint. I was stunned! In shock. I still went to work and then reality slowly started to creep in.

“We’re just a typical family,” Mrs M told Surf Life Saving Lotteries. “We’re raising two beautiful children, so to win this life changing prize was just an incredible feeling of joy.”

The M family have kindly supported Surf Life Saving since 2005 as Champions Club members after tragedy almost struck some close friends.

“On holidays, our friends were pulled out in a rip. One minute they were close to the shore and the next they were dragged out to sea. If the Surf Life Saving volunteers weren’t there that day, who knows what might have happened?

“We support an organisation we truly believe in and the fact that they offer great prizes is just an added bonus.”

Congratulations to the M family on behalf of everyone at Surf Life Saving and thank you for all your support over the years to help save lives.

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Lottery 170, Hope Island Winner Story

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It was a typical day for Mrs M from Burleigh Heads who was driving to northern New South Wales with her husband when her mobile phone rang.

“I was expecting a call from somebody else and decided to pull the car over”, Mrs M recalls.

The lady on the other line said she was calling from Surf Life Saving Lotteries and I initially thought it was a call to buy some tickets in another prize home which I’m always happy to do.

I remember three words from the call – “Won”, “Home” and “Gold”. It took me a while to connect all the dots. It’s a very surreal moment when a life changing event like that happens to you, time stands still and all the possibilities begin to emerge.

After hearing that she was the proud new owner of a $970,500 Gold Coast waterfront home Mrs M exclaimed “is this a joke?”

In addition to the stunning Hope Island home, Mrs M was also entitled to the bonus book buyers prize of $30,000 cashable gold bullion.

“You always hope, but never expect anything like this to happen. We have always supported Surf Life Saving”, said Mrs M.

Watch our interview

Congratulations to Mrs M and all her family. We hope you are enjoying your new home. Your support through the Champions Club helps our volunteer Surf Life Savers protect our beaches.

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Lottery 175, Bribie Island

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It’s a destination like no other, and Surf Life Saving Lotteries is proud to announce its latest prize home, at Banksia Beach, Bribie Island. Valued at over $930,000 this stunning prize home perfectly captures the beauty and lifestyle that Bribie Island has to offer.

Located within Pacific Harbour, the home is only minutes away from some Australia’s best beaches, the Pacific Harbour Golf Course and Sandstone Point Hotel.

This stunning single-storey home incorporates bold bright colours and modern artwork as well as large glass windows and high ceilings to provide a light and bright ambience suited to island living.

The home makes the most of outdoor entertaining with a large decked alfresco dining area that harbours panoramic views of the Pacific Harbour Golf Course and the crystal clear blue water of your stunning in-ground pool and spa.

The home is designed for the modern family and comes with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a media room and separate lounge and dining areas. The kitchen includes a huge breakfast bar with four bar stools, Ceasar stone bench-tops and plenty of storage with floor to ceiling cupboards.

The winner of this amazing home, as a resident within the Pacific Harbour estate, will receive exclusive access to the Country Club, pool, gymnasium, spa, tennis courts and more. The winner will also receive $5,000 cashable gold bullion.

This Bribie Island prize home lottery is open till 20 June 2016. Make sure you check it out and be sure to view our interactive 3D floor plan.

Notice to Surf Life Saving supporters, Sydney, NSW.

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For any member of the public who purchased a lottery ticket in support of Surf Life Saving (Lottery 174) at either:

Masters Hardware Maitland (Mustang Dr & Anambah Rd, Rutherford NSW 2320) on the 04/03/2016 with ticket ranges 54351 – 54380, 54201 – 54230, 311081 – 311180, 1383821-18383960 and 1385361 – 1385500.

Or;

Woolworths Balmain (276 Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041) on the 17/02/2016 with ticket ranges 28281 – 28310

Please contact the Surf Life Saving Foundation immediately on 1800 642 999 and quote your ticket number. These books have been lost and can not be included in the Lottery 174 draw. A full refund or replacement ticket(s) will be issued for your ticket purchase upon proof of ticket number.

Surf Life Saving sincerely apologises for any inconvenienced caused.

Website Improvements

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Surf Life Saving Lotteries has launched further improvements and brand new interactive content to its surflottery.com.au website.

For many supporters, the website is used as a primary destination to purchase tickets, catch up on the latest results and much more.

Head of Foundation, Steve Francia said, “We wanted to offer our supporters more, but we also needed to get the basics right. This included the process of buying a ticket and joining our Champions Club program, which was the primary focus of this roll out. In addition, supporters told us they wanted more detail about the home so we have developed an interactive floor plan and expanded our photo gallery.”

Some of the key features include
• Simple Navigation
• Easier to join the Champions Club
• Faster 3-step ticket ordering process for new and existing supporters, including a purchase summary
• Increased content, interactive floor plan and an extensive photo gallery
• Video content and tutorials for additional support

And, the improvements to our website won’t stop here” Mr Francia said. “We are listening to our supporters and continuing to take their feedback on board. The changes we are making are to enhance the Surf Lotteries user experience and as the needs of our supporters change, so will we”.

For support and more information on these changes, please visit http://www.surflottery.com.au/faq