An Australian wildfire victim whose uninsured home burnt to the ground has won $1,000,000 on the lottery.
For the past couple of months, headlines all over the globe have shown distressing images of the Australian wildfires. Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought fuelled a series of massive bushfires across Australia. Over 1 billion animals have perished and many more injured with nowhere to go. However, it’s not just the animals that have fallen victim to the Australian wildfires - almost 2,000 homes were completely destroyed in the marathon crisis.
One such person, who wishes to remain anonymous, from New South Wales saw his luck turn around when he won $1 million.
The Mount Cotton resident described the timing of his lottery win as “impeccable” and said his family could now afford to rebuild their home.
Speaking to lottery officials he said that when contacted about the lottery win, it was the last thing on his mind and that he had a hard time believing that he had won.
“Am I seeing things? Is this real?” he said.
“My family just lost their home in the bushfires in northern New South Wales and it wasn’t insured, so thank you very much.”
Up until hearing about his lottery win, he was absolutely devastated and feared that he would never be able to rebuild his home because he was uninsured.
“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. This is amazing. I can’t get over it.”
He said that he used his wife’s lucky lottery numbers. They were 9, 42, 24, 13, 22 and 11, and the 26 and 1.
He was the only jackpot winner in the draw.
The grateful lottery winner said, “I can’t wait to go home and give my wife a big kiss and a cuddle,” he said.
“The entry was marked with her special numbers and now they’ve delivered in a big way.”
The winner said he hoped the windfall symbolised the beginning of better things to follow as all that was left post the fires were a few charred teacups.
“This really has come at the most incredible time,” he said.
“We didn’t know if we would ever be able to rebuild but now we definitely can.
“This is a miracle.”
Casino mogul James Packer was among the first Australian billionaires to donate, making two gifts totalling $3.45 million through his company and family foundation.
Aussie multimillionaires including Liam Hemsworth and Nicole Kidman also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Australian wildfire relief efforts.
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