NOT many 23-year-olds can say they own their own home, let alone their own home worth $1.6 million.
But for Lauren Jones, this is now a reality after winning the grand prize in the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA’s Mega Home Lottery.
The physiotherapist said she was teary and lost for words when she found out she was now the owner of a fully furnished, custom-designed Webb and Brown-Neaves home in Hillarys.
And the good news kept coming with the grand prize also including $500,000 cash for the first time.
For Ms Jones, multiple sclerosis is an issue close to her heart with her dad, James, diagnosed six years ago.
“He’s actually fine, he’s been really, really lucky,” she said.
“He had some symptoms at the start but he’s actually symptom-free and still working.
“He has his own business and he’s doing really, really well.”
Living in Greenfields, Ms Jones said today would be the first time she had seen the home in person.
“I’ve looked at photos online but because we live down in Mandurah, I haven’t been able to get up there,” she said.
Another winner with half a million reasons to celebrate is 80-year-old Janice Anderson.
The Woodvale resident won the early bird prize of $500,000.
When she was told the news, she was overcome.
“That’s such a wonderful, wonderful thing,” she said.
“I can help so many people.
“I never win anything; it’s changed everything.
“I honestly never expected to win anything ever; I just think it’s such a wonderful thing to help people with MS.”
Ms Jones and Ms Anderson bought only one ticket each of the 125,000 available.
The money raised from tickets sold in the Mega Home Lottery will help provide support and accommodation for people with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions and their families and carers.