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Perth southern suburbs family crowned WA's first Set for Life winners

13 October 2015

A family from Perth's southern suburbs has officially taken the title of Western Australia's first ever Set for Life 1st Prize winners.

It was like pieces of a puzzle coming together when they discovered they'd won an incredible $20,000 every month for the next 20 years.

The man knew Brentwood Village News had sold a 1st Prize winner but had no idea his wife had purchased a ticket in the draw.

"We were all in the car going out to get a coffee and at the moment we were about to go past the turn off for Brentwood Village News, we worked out we had a ticket and thought we might as well detour and check," said the winners.

After the retailer checked their ticket, the family checked and rechecked manually, every time seeing the same winning numbers yet feeling disbelief.

"This is so surreal but I'm happy to get used to it!" said the excited winners.

Now that the family have an additional $20,000 every month for the next 20 years they plan to spoil family, invest in their futures and their children's futures, and go on a holiday or two.

"This type of win is perfect for us rather than a lump sum. It's such a fabulous gift," said the woman.

Since Set for Life was launched in August, over half a million other WA players have shared in more than $10 million in prizes and support for the game has helped to raise $5 million for the WA community.

Zonta House Women's Refuge in Mount Pleasant were recent recipients of a $23,000 Lotterywest Grant thanks to players of Lotterywest Games. These funds were used towards emergency relief for women and children experiencing financial hardship.

Recognising responsible gambling

This week (12 to 18 October) is Responsible Gambling Awareness Week which promotes responsible gambling practises across Australia.

In Western Australia, the theme is 'Gamble Aware - When does the fun stop for you?' and emphasises that when it comes to gambling, balance and control is the key to making sure it remains an enjoyable pastime, not a problem.

Lotterywest encourages all players to play responsibly and to seek assistance from support services if they feel they're experiencing difficulty.

Support services are available through Centrecare's gambling help counselling services, by calling the Problem Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 or visiting gamblinghelponline.org.au or gambleaware.com.au

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