17 November 2020, By Mater Lotteries

A life-changing win—meet the winner of Mater Prize Home lottery No. 290

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We caught up with the lucky winner of Mater Prize Home lottery No. 290 at Maroochydore recently to see how his life has changed as a result of his win.

Mike* started buying Mater Prize Home tickets around 2 years ago as a way to support a charity. “To be honest, I never even really looked at the brochures or marketing material I received. “My parents used to support a charitable lottery, so I suppose that for me, it was just a way to try and do some good in the world” Mike said.

Mike recently sold the property, but this win has most definitely brought some well-deserved good news and positive purpose into his life!

Mike said, “Being based in Melbourne, I was really negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. My business collapsed, and I had little to no work hours, so things were really not looking terrific on the financial front. I also had to drop out of my studies at University, which was tough. In fact, at the time I was considering cancelling my Mater Lotteries account because money was so tight!

Thanks to this win, the gold bullion component of the prize has been funding my living expenses up to now and that has allowed me to re-enrol at Uni and not have to worry about working an excessive amount of hours to make ends meet.”

So how does Mike feel about his win?

“Without a doubt, this win has been life-changing. There are some days where I don’t think it has really sunk in 100% and until I have the funds transferred into my account, it will probably still feel a bit surreal.”

We asked Mike what he plans to do with his financial windfall.

Mike said, “I’ll probably look at buying property, purchase some shares, and set myself up for the future. I’ve had some health challenges in the past, so this will definitely mean that I can now focus on doing the things that I want to do in my life.”

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* Name changed to protect the privacy of our winner