Charters Towers locals Don and Thelma Bethel have ushered in 2017 in style, after winning a $1.1 million Noosa Heads home in Endeavour Foundation’s Christmas Lottery.
Having started buying tickets in 1987, the couple have had their generosity and patience rewarded with a stunning Sunshine Coast home.
On that lucky day when their ticket was finally drawn, Don and Thelma were away visiting friends and missed their initial winners’ call.
“Our grandson saw the draw results then called us and that’s how we found out,” said Thelma.
Both retired now, Thelma previously worked in aged care for 29 years while Don owned a tree lopping business. The Charters Towers residents of 44 years have some local connections to Noosa Heads as well with Don’s two sisters living just minutes away.
“This is really a huge lifestyle change for us. We live in an old miner’s cottage in Charters Towers, which we’ve remodelled and continuously worked on forty plus years. It’s been a lot of hard work and then, suddenly, we’re walking into this brand new, fully furnished home.
“We’d never have thought of buying a holiday home, but now we’re going to make good use of it. After more than five years of not seeing one of Don’s sister’s, she and another sister now live within a couple of minute’s drive of us. And my own sister is already popping up and down to visit from Gympie. It’s been wonderful.
“We’re so hoping to spend a lot of time down here with our children and five grandchildren. Don helps a few people at home out with their lawns, but our son is going to do some of that so we can come and go here as much as we want.
“Everybody we speak to at home says ‘thank God to hear of someone actually winning’. I hope it’ll encourage people to buy tickets, because it really is so important to support people with a disability.
Most people we know are so pleased for us – they come and congratulate us on the street – and we really appreciate that.”
Andrew Thomas, Endeavour Foundation’s Executive General Manager of Supporter Enterprises, thanked Don and Thelma for their years of support.
“Winning our prize home will change your life, but just buying a ticket changes the lives of people with a disability every single day. Together we are turning aspirations into reality - at home, in work and in the community.
“Every lottery ticket purchased enables us to make a difference. But right now, the opportunity to live the dream on the Sunshine Coast is just a $10 ticket away.
“Our stunning $1.1 million prize home in Mudjimba overlooks the beach, with just 100 metres between you and getting the sand between your toes. You never know who the lucky winner might be, but if you’re not in you can’t win!”
Described as being ‘fitted out like a five-star resort’, the current prize home is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and includes a private pool and luxury BBQ kitchen. Find out more and buy a ticket at www.endeavourlotteries.com.au.