'New year, new life!' say WA's latest Lotto winners
As the New Year draws near, WA's last Division 1 Lotto winners for 2014 have rolled into the Lotterywest Winners' Room today to officially claim their $471,528 prize from last weekend's Saturday Lotto draw.
The young couple from the Pilbara region struck Lotto luck after purchasing their ticket online through the Lotterywest Play Online service.
"This means a fresh start for us. A new year and a new life! This will allow us to move closer to our family and buy our first home together. It puts us eight years ahead in life financially," they said.
The couple said they were overwhelmed with joy when they first realised they had won Lotto.
"I just jumped out and let out a huge scream. Then my heart started pumping faster," the man said.
The couple joked they would be back again next week to collect their share in this weekend's $30 million Megadraw.
"Lighting can strike twice and we have our ticket," they laughed.
Countdown to the $30 million Megadraw is on!
There are only three days until an incredible $30 million Division 1 prize pool will go on offer in this Saturday's Megadraw.
Lotterywest spokesperson Pina Compagnone said if WA's 2014 track record of winners was anything to go by, luck could strike the State again on Saturday night.
"We've had 81 local players pick up a Division 1 Lotto prize. Across the entire State, WA players have also shared in Lotto prizes worth more than $340 million which is an incredible result," she said.
Ms Compagnone said the Megadraw was expected to capture the imagination of Lotto players across the State, with Lotterywest expecting to sell one ticket to every adult Western Australian in the draw.
"During our busiest hour on the day of the draw, Lotterywest terminals will be churning out almost 700 tickets every minute," she said.
Ms Compagnone said in addition to thousands of WA winners benefiting from the draw, Lotterywest was set to raise close to $9 million for public hospitals, sports and arts groups and local not-for-profit groups.
Community groups to receive this support include Pilbara Community Legal Service which was given a $10,000 Lotterywest Grant earlier this year to help community members experiencing financial hardship.
Tickets for the $30 million Megadraw are available from Lotterywest retailers or from Play Online at www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au until 6pm on Saturday.
Media Enquiries Pina Compagnone: 9340 5227 / 0438 996 884