A JOONDALUP family close to losing their home has won nearly half a million dollars in Saturday’s Lotto draw.
The couple, aged in their 50s, said they used some leftover change to buy the winning division one ticket from Candlewood Village Newsagency in Joondalup.
“I know times are tough for most families but no one will ever know how much this means to us,” the wife said.
“I can finally stop avoiding calls from the bank telling us we haven’t met our mortgage repayments.”
The woman said she checked off the winning numbers over a cup of tea before approaching her husband in tears.
“He asked me who had died,” she said.
“When I told him we’d won the Lotto he rechecked the numbers himself and said ‘bloody hell honey – we’ve actually won’.”
Newsagency owner Julie Pigdon said the winners were regular customers and “desperately in need of the money”.
She said the woman had checked their numbers at home and was nervous and excited when she presented at the store on Sunday.
“She was quite emotional…they did really need the money,” she said.
It followed a good run for the store, with several customers picking up smaller wins during the week.