A Gold Coast war veteran is $200,000 richer after winning first prize in yesterday’s Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw.
Speaking with a Golden Casket official this morning to confirm his big win, the emotional man admitted it could not have come at a more perfect time.
“Thank you so much,” he cried happily. “I am elated and pretty emotional at the moment.”
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The lucky entry of two random numbers was purchased at Paradise Point News, with the man sharing the special moment with the newsagent employee.
“I went into my local outlet and the lady there told me. My jaw just dropped – I was crying, she was crying, we were both very emotional,” the man said.
“I told my family and some friends and they were so happy for me.
“It’s a big relief and means so much to me.
“I just really want to say thank you so much. This really means the world to me.”
The generous man plans to celebrate his win by taking his dog for a long walk and going out for a nice dinner.
He also says he wants to donate to his favourite charity, Mates4Mates, an organisation that supports current and former Australian Defence Force members and their families.
“I am a veteran, so the first thing I want to do is donate to Mates4Mates,” he explained.
“There’s a lot of soldiers out there doing it tough, so I really want to help in whatever way I can.
“I am also going to put some on my mortgage and pay off some bills.
“I am definitely going to celebrate tonight. Honestly, I will probably just take my dog for a long walk and then go out for a nice meal. That’s the perfect night for me.”