A down-to-earth pensioner from Toombul is ready for another 20 great years after discovering he won the coveted Set for Life First Prize and will now receive $20,000 a month for the next two decades. 

The man held the only First Prize winning entry in Set for Life draw 884 on Saturday 6 January 2018.  

Golden Casket officials had been unable to deliver the dream-come-true news to the registered player, but the man discovered his win a week later when he checked his ticket. 

The man is one of the four people, two of whom were from Brisbane, who have won the Set for Life First Prize during the past 10 days. 

Speaking to a Golden Casket official while claiming his prize, the man recounted the wonderful moment he discovered he had won. 

“I didn’t check my ticket until days after the draw.  I thought I had won something, but didn’t think it was this!” he laughed. 

“When I looked up the ticket, I thought ‘Gee whiz!  Holy hell!’. 

“It’s sunk in, but hasn’t sunk in if you know what I mean. 

“Normally I’m only lucky on raffles. I’ve won a few chook raffles in my life… and meat trays, but nothing like this.  I’ve gone upmarket!  “Here’s to the next 20 years! 

“This win means I can live more comfortably now.  I only retired a few years ago and this will just make life a whole lot easier.” 

The happy winner explained he had been playing Set for Life ever since the game first started more than two years ago. 

“I love playing it.  I’ve been taking a ticket each week since it started.  The most I had won before this was $50 and I was happy with that.  And now I’ve won the big one!” he exclaimed. 

“I’ll keep playing Set for Life!  I’ve got a ticket on for tonight!  I like it because you’re playing it each night.” 

The Toombul pensioner is one of the six First Prize wins to land in Queensland during the past six months, and one of the 32 First Prize winners nationally since the game began. 

The winning entry was purchased at Nextra Toombul News & Megabooks, Shop 14-17, Toombul Shopping Town, 1015 Sandgate Road, Toombul. 

It’s the third major prize during the past seven months won from an entry purchased at Nextra Toombul News & Megabooks. 

In June 2017, one of its customers won $6 million in Powerball, while another won more than $1.4 million less than a fortnight ago in Saturday Gold Lotto’s $30 Million Megadraw on 30 December 2017. 

Nextra Toombul News & Megabooks staff member Alana Evans said the outlet wished their customer all the very best for an exciting two decades of prize payments. 

“It’s amazing to have another big win!  Everyone has been coming in wondering who the Set for Life winner is and how they’ll enjoy their regular prize,” she exclaimed. 

“We hope the customer enjoys seeing that $20,000 in their bank account every month for the next 20 years!  I know everyone wishes it was them!” 

Across the country, the Toombul man held the only entry that won First Prize in Set for Life draw 884 on Saturday 6 January 2018, which offers a guaranteed First Prize of $20,000 a month for 20 years for up to four winners in each draw.   

The winning numbers in Set for Life draw 884 were 28, 33, 23, 9, 2, 26, 16 and 31, with the bonus numbers 25 and 17. 

During the 2017 calendar year, there were 12 Set for Life First Prize winners across Australia who will receive $57.6 million during the next 20 years.