“Oh my god! I feel like I’m going to faint.”
That was the response from a lucky Queensland mother who won a life-changing windfall.
The Townsville local won the 1st Prize in Set for Life and will now receive $20,000 a month for the next 20 years.
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She got the call on Monday and was initially dubious of her win and unsure of the whereabouts of her winning ticket, but after a quick, frantic search her entry was found.
“Oh my god! You’re kidding me! For how long? 20 years? Oh my god! That’s fantastic,” the woman screamed.
“This is my once in a lifetime win isn’t it?!”
“This is so wonderful. We’re paying off the house and we’ve got kids – this is going to be so helpful,” she said.
““We’re just your normal, average family and I’m a hardworking lady. We’ve had to work hard pay the bills. We won’t squander it.”
The Townsville win confirms Queensland as a Set for Life hotspot.
During the past two months alone, there have been four Set for Life 1st Prize winners from Queensland, including a Mackay man who won the following night.
He got the life-changing phone call the next morning: “Wow! I just got out of bed,” he said.
“It’s not a bad way to start the day! I just hope the rest of the day is as good as this!”
“I’ve been playing Set for Life since just after it started! I’ve got two recorded sets I play all the time.”
“It means I’ll be able to retire sooner. I can become a 26er. I’m going to spend half the year here and half overseas!”
Both winners wish to remain anonymous.
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