Set for Life win sends hardworking Queensland mum screaming!
After a hard day’s work, one Townsville mum came home last night to the life-changing news she had won the First Prize in Set for Life and would receive $20,000 a month for the next 20 years.
The woman 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.
She was the only First Prize winner across Australia in Set for Life draw 752 on Sunday 27 August 2017.
The Townsville win confirms Queensland as a Set for Life hotspot. During the past two months alone, there have been four Set for Life First Prize winners from Queensland, including a Mackay man who won last night.
When a Golden Casket official confirmed her win, the woman’s family immediately erupted into celebration, while the winner herself confessed she felt faint and needed to sit down. “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!
“Thank you so much. Are you sure? I can’t believe it! Oh my god! I feel like I’m going to faint. I’ve got to sit down.
“I’ve been playing Gold Lotto for years so I thought I’d try Set for Life and have had it for a few months now. You’ve got to be in it to win it! I missed getting an entry last week, but I'm so glad I went in and bought this week’s entry!
“I normally check my ticket each night before I go to bed, but last night I was too tired.”
With news of her Set for Life win still sinking in, the woman said she could think of many potential uses for the regular monthly windfall.
“How lucky is that! This is so wonderful. We’re paying off the house and we’ve got kids – this is going to be so helpful,” she said.
“I’ve got a big family – I can help them as well – and we haven’t had a holiday for years!
“Gee whiz, what a help for the next 20 years! You’re not going to go broke are you?
“I just don’t know what we’re going to do, but it will be put to good use. We won’t squander it.
“We’re just your normal, average family and I’m a hardworking lady. We’ve had to work hard pay the bills.
“Thank you! Thank you so much! You’ve made my whole year! You’re my idol!”
Although she’ll soon start receiving $20,000 a month, the winner didn’t lose sight of her more immediate concerns.
“Now I’ve got to go turn my roast lamb!” she laughed.
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her winning entry from The Lucky Charm Fairfield, Shop T15, Fairfield Shopping Centre, 2-30 Lakeside Drive, Townsville.
The Lucky Charm Fairfield owner Morris Peluchetti said the outlet was celebrating its first big winner since it opened two years ago.
“It’s very pleasing to know we’ve sold the entry that will change someone’s life for the better,” he said.
“It’s great it’s one of our customers. Congratulations to them and we wish them all the very best with their win!”
Across the country, the Townsville winner held the only entry that won First Prize in Set for Life draw 752 on Sunday 27 August 2017, 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 752 were 10, 16, 5, 20, 8, 2, 9 and 26, with the bonus numbers 7 and 36.
Last financial year, there were six Set for Life winners across the Lott’s jurisdictions who will receive $28.8 million during the next 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 2nd Prize to 8th Prize by selecting a combination of the 8 winning numbers and 2 bonus numbers drawn.
Tickets for Set for Life are on sale in lottery outlets around the country and online at thelott.com with the next draw occurring tonight.