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.