Galleria $10,000 Mother’s Day shopping spree winner: we’ve never won anything before

Letty Passanisi, third from left, celebrates her big win.
Letty Passanisi, third from left, celebrates her big win.

Letty Passanisi’s luck has certainly turned around.

This year the Wanneroo mother of two landed herself a new job after 10 months without work – and she took out Community Newspaper Group and Galleria‚Äôs ‘Win Your Mum a $10,000 Shopping Spree’ competition for Mother’s Day.

Letty said her 73-year-old mother, Helen, was someone who always put others’ needs above her own, and is doubtful she’ll manage to spend the entire amount on herself.

“She had a bit of a laugh – for Mother’s Day she was telling us ‘don’t buy me anything because I don’t need anything’,” Letty said.

Letty said the big win came as a bit of a shock, and was a new experience for her family.

“We’ve never won anything like this and it’s so overwhelming and exciting,” she said.

“I never even told her that I entered the competition.”

The win was a welcome stroke of luck for Letty, who lost her job as a customer service officer with Landgate last year – a position she had held for 27 years.

But in February her luck started to turn, when she won a new role in the office of a panel shop.

“I actually did say to mum that 2016 is going to be my year.”