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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.

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.

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.

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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Winner of Surf Life Saving Lottery no.162

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162 Winner DavidDavid, a retired pilot, was enjoying a quiet day at home when he received a call that has changed his life forever.

“I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing at first, but eventually it dawned on me that I really had just won a million dollar apartment on the Gold Coast” David said.

“I was ecstatic to win and the first thing I did was call my two sons, who are also pilots, to tell them the news. My youngest son didn’t believe me at first and when I finally convinced him, I

won’t tell you what he said!”

“This win will have an enormous impact on my life” David said. “While I was already retired, this win means that I can improve my personal situation, lifestyle and quality of life – I have always wanted to live near the water, and here I am, living in a magnificent apartment on the coast.”

“I have never had to use the services that Surf Life Saving provide but I think it is a great cause and the volunteers do wonderful work. Now that I am living on the Gold Coast I just hope I never need to call on them in the future!”

“The prizes they offer in their lotteries are fantastic, but I support them because they really are a worthwhile charity and I really appreciate their efforts – and I certainly appreciate this magnificent prize.