An overwhelmed Gunnedah man, who describes himself simply as a hard-worker, made contact with NSW Lotteries earlier in the week to confirm he was holding the First Prize winning ticket.

The delighted winner admitted to a Set for Life official today that he’s still having trouble believing that he’ll be receiving $20,000 each and every month for the next 20 years!

“It still hasn’t sunk in! I’m lost for words, I don’t think it’ll sink in for about another six months!” the winner laughed.

“I didn’t know you’d been trying to call me with the news because my phone had gone flat and I hadn’t re-charged the battery.

“I had heard news around town that there was a Set for Life First Prize winning entry purchased in Gunnedah but never thought it was my ticket!

“It was only after I got the numbers off the website to check my Set for Life ticket at home that I discovered that I was the winner!

“This windfall won’t change me - I’ll still take life as it comes. I’m not sure what I’ll do with $20,000 each month just yet but I’d like to take some well-earned holidays down the track!”

The Set for Life First Prize winning entry was purchased at Gunnedah Newsagency, 260 Conadilly Street in Gunnedah.

Across the country, it was the only entry that won First Prize in Set for Life draw 252 on Thursday 14 April, which offers a guaranteed First Prize of $20,000 a month for 20 year for up to four winners in each draw.

The winning numbers in Set for Life draw 252 on Thursday 14 April 2016 were 36, 24, 22, 2, 31, 11, 16 and 17, with the bonus numbers 20 and 32.

Less than two weeks after the Set for Life entry purchased in the regional town of Gunnedah won First Prize, New South Wales chalked up another Set for Life win with an entry from the Sydney suburb of Gymea scoring First Prize in draw 263 on Monday 25 April!

Set for Life is unlike any lottery game that has ever been offered in Australia’s lottery history. The Set for Life First Prize will be paid to winners in monthly instalments of $20,000 for 20 years.

A Set for Life draw is conducted every night of the week, 365 days each year, and players can start their seven-day Set for Life entry on any day of the week. To win the First Prize in Set for Life, players must correctly choose the 8 winning numbers drawn from 37.

Additional smaller divisional prizes can be won from Second Prize to Eighth Prize by selecting a combination of the 8 winning numbers and 2 bonus numbers drawn.

Tickets for Set for Life are now on sale in lottery outlets around the country and online at Tatts.com with the next draw occurring tonight.