Winning massive sums of money is a great experience for anyone on the receiving end. It warms the heart to hear how people’s lives are changed for the better in an instant. But now and then there is a feel-good story about an Australian big winner that is out of the ordinary – one that goes beyond the average tale and leaves a mark on your heart.
We have endeavoured to recount 5 endearing encounters with Aussie lottery winners this month that will either bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye.
Queensland Bushfire Victim Turns Winner
In January 2020, one happy man from Mount Croydon (south of Brisbane) was elated to find out that he was the proud big winner of a division one lottery jackpot to the value of $1 million.
He was one of the scores of victims affected by the Queensland bush fires in 2019, losing his home in the blaze. Unfortunately, the house was not insured, which had left him wondering if he would ever be able to rebuild it and recover the loss.
“All that was left of the home was a few charred teacups. “We didn’t know if we would ever be able to rebuild but now we definitely can.”
It seems that the win was a joint effort, as the unnamed man claimed that he had used his wife’s lucky numbers to win the draw.
Lotto Win Giveaway
In April 2020, a South Australian retiree was one of seven winners to share the division one X Lotto draw jackpot. He won $613,000 in prize money, but surprisingly won’t be keeping any of it. He said:
“I’m giving it all away to my family! I’m going to pay off my children’s mortgages and give some to my friends. The only thing I might buy myself is a nice new comfortable bed.“
The winner claims that he is comfortable and has no need for more than he already has. This man seems to have learned that the secret to a happy life is to look after those whom you love.
Man to Take A Bite out of His Winnings
In August, a Sydney man reaped the rewards of the entire Powerball jackpot of $10 million for himself. While most people’s wish list would be headlined by a fancy car or a big house, this 50-year-old man immediately went about pricing a set of new teeth. He stated:
“I haven’t smiled in 20 years because my teeth are so bad,” the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, told a lottery spokesperson this morning. “The first thing I want to get is some implants. I’ve spent the night looking at them online.”
He went on to say that he would probably buy a new house (as he was renting) and would donate a sizeable sum to an animal charity that he supported.
The windfall couldn’t have come at a better time for this multi-millionaire, as he had recently lost his job because of the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing can be said of this story – He now has a lot that he can smile about!
Grandad to Visit Grandbaby for the First Time
The COVID-19 pandemic has upset many lives and left many in tears this year. Well, one grandad became a lot happier in October, when he won $1 million in the lottery.
Due to strict lockdown measures in Victoria, he has not been able to visit his newly born grandson who lives out of state. While the laws are still quite strict and gatherings are not permitted, he still hopes to at least get to meet the new addition to his family. He said:
“We’ll celebrate at another time. I’ll use this prize to help my family. They’re very, very important to me.”
It’s so wonderful to see heaps of money go to people who are not greedy. This way, far more lives are affected for the good because of the wins.
Struggling Man Can Catch up on Mortgage
A struggling Sydney airport worker who has had his hours cut by the Corona Virus pandemic now has 1.2 million reasons to relax and take a load off.
He hadn’t realised he had won the $1.2 million prize until he received the life-changing call from lottery officials. The unnamed man exclaimed:
“I had no idea. I hadn’t checked my ticket yet. I play every week, and I never thought I’d win that much. The most I’ve ever won is $1000.”
He told the lotto officials that he had been struggling to pay his mortgage with his reduced salary but exclaimed that he could now pay the whole thing off and not have to stress about work while things sorted themselves out.
Get Your Wins Before the Year is Out
We could all do with big wins to help ease the stresses of daily life. While we never advocate that you play with more than you can afford, we do encourage you to enjoy some online gambling at one of our Aussie-friendly DiceDealer online casinos. Big winners are made every day online, and who knows, the next one could be you!