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 had my phone on silent but I could see that it was ringing so I stepped outside to call the number back as soon as I could. 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.”
The Melbourne-based mum 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.”