Money & Banking
"Just perfect": Family affected by bushfires surprised by $1 million lotto win
A Queensland mans whose family property was destroyed in bushfire has won $1 million in a lottery win that will allow the family to rebuild.
The winner wishes to remain anonymous but lives in Redland, south of Brisbane. His family owned a property in northern New South Wales that was devastated by the bushfires.
Lauren Cooney from The Lott notified him of the win and said that the man was overcome with emotion.
"He told me his family had just lost their home in the bushfires," she said to the ABC.
"The home wasn't insured, so this prize meant that they would be able to rebuild which initially, they thought they wouldn't be able to," she said.
The man said to Cooney that the family had returned to the property, which was “very sentimental and special to them”.
"They were going through the site looking for any special family mementoes that they could salvage, but all they could find was some teacups,” Cooney explained.
However, this win has turned things around. As the man was the only division one winning entry to the draw, he is able to claim the whole $1 million prize.
He said that the circumstances were “just perfect”.
"He said he couldn't have imagined more impeccable timing which meant that he could use his prize to rebuild their family home," Ms Cooney said.
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