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When Stephen Smith received a phone call telling him that he had won a prize home from Endeavour Foundation Lotteries, he thought someone was playing a trick on him. Now that he knows it’s true, he can spend more time with his kids.
“I thought someone was pulling my leg,” he said, referring to the amazing phone call he received from the Endeavour Foundation Lotteries and Bingo Manager, Wilma Burton, telling him he’d won a fully-furnished house in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast valued at $783,538.
“I really couldn’t believe it and it didn’t start to sink in until the next day when I checked the internet and saw the result on the Endeavour Foundation website,”
The friendly 52 year-old New Zealander has lived in Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland for almost two decades but his phone rang while he was sitting reading at the camps where he stays while working as a construction supervisor at the mines in north Queensland.
The prize home win transforms everything.
“This will change our lives”, Stephen said.
“It creates more opportunities. I’ll probably see out the job I’m currently doing and then think about local employment. I can spend more time with the kids. It’s fantastic!”
Stephen has been buying Endeavour Foundation Lotteries tickets for 13 years.
“We like to support charities and you never know if you’re going to win but the money is going to a good cause anyway,” he said.
“We’ve never won anything really, maybe $20 on the lotto!”
Stephen sends each Endeavour Foundation Lotteries brochure to his mother in New Zealand so she can actually see what her son has won.
“She’s in her mid-80s now and doesn’t travel overseas anymore but she liked the look of this house from the brochure although wasn’t taken with the furniture!” he said.
“We’re really excited. It’s a strange feeling but we know this will change our lives and give us peace of mind.
“It goes to show this can happen to anyone. In fact, my wife’s sister has been inspired to start buying tickets in Endeavour Foundation Lotteries now!”
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