Wundowie man swaps FIFO life for Lotto life


Fred Geb and Samara Lance from Forrestfield Marketplace Newspower.  Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d477940
Fred Geb and Samara Lance from Forrestfield Marketplace Newspower. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d477940

TWO lifelong friends from Guildford hit the jackpot last week.

They came forward as the last of WA’s five recent Megadraw winners to collect their $1.42 million.

The duo, who’ve been best mates for more than 30 years, had made a pact that if they ever won big on Lotto they would split the winnings.

“I’d bought this ticket as a Christmas gift for my mate on the condition that if we won we went 50-50,” the woman laughed.

“Believe it or not, only a few weeks prior I’d had a crystal clear dream that we were going to win Lotto.”

The best friends bought the winning ticket from Helena Estate Pharmacy & News.

With the money now divvied up, they each have to decide how to spend it.

“For me it’s all about helping the grandkids – we can now put them through private school and basically set them up for life,” the man said.

For the other friend, the money will help her get out of her least favourite chore.

“My dishwasher needs to be replaced,” she said.

“It’s not even washing the dishes anymore – and I’m not going to do it,” she laughed.

A Wundowie FIFO worker was another winner, adding to the luck of customers at Forrestfield Marketplace News.

“I also sold a division 2 winner on the same evening to a different person worth $10,194,” owner Fred Geb said.

“The luck’s in Forrestfield.

“That was my 14th major prize win since I’ve been there.”

The Wundowie Megadraw winner plans to hang up his hi-vis.

“I nearly choked on my can of JD and coke when I found out,” he said. “This win means more time with my wife and kids after really struggling to be away from them.

“FIFO just about nailed me – it was a choice between my health and the money.”

Other winners included a Willetton family, a middle-aged couple from Hillarys and an Aveley woman in her 40s who picked up her ticket from Nextra Express Ellenbrook.