How Deaf Lottery’s $800K prize changed the lives of these three Aussie seniors

Apr 12, 2024

If you won $800,000, what would you do with it? For some, the answer comes to mind instantly – whether it’s paying off the mortgage, travelling the country in a brand new caravan, or sharing the prize with family. But for others, coming into a large sum of money creates a whirlwind of uncertainty (albeit, a good problem to have). When the possibilities are endless, where do you start?

Thankfully Deaf Lottery, a recurring fundraiser sponsored by Deaf Connect, offers a great selection of prize packages to help narrow down your choice. As Australia’s largest whole-of-life service provider for the Deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind, all proceeds go towards helping the Deaf community lead full and connected lives. Thanks to this year’s support, Deaf Connect was able to become a principal sponsor of the 2024 Australian Deaf Games, the first time in 60 years since the event was last held.

Every few months, Deaf Lottery opens a new draw where you can go in the running to win its massive $800,000 grand prize, with four packages to choose from. It’s also Australia’s highest-odds lottery, so you stand a much better chance of winning compared to other lotteries in the country.

You could use your winnings to fund a trip of a lifetime, just like Draw 192 winner – an aged care worker named, Poppy*.

After “badgering her husband” for a big campervan, Poppy secured her ultimate home away from home with Deaf Lottery. The lucky winner chose the Getaway Lifestyle package, which includes up to $700,000 paid out in gold bullion and a new caravan, motorhome or 4WD camper to hit the road with.

But, that’s not all. Poppy also realised the win would allow her to retire four years earlier than planned. Though she says her job is “the best”, the win will bring her into her exciting next phase of life, sooner.

If you’re more like Draw 183 winner Sophie*, perhaps a shiny new car is calling your name. After taking a few days to tell the family their joyous news, Sophie and her husband settled on Deaf Lottery’s Drive Away Lifestyle package. The prize scores you up to $750,000 in gold bullion and the exciting experience of choosing a flashy new car from the dealership.

Before the win, Sophie and her husband were caught in a difficult position: “We sacrificed a lot, financially, for our sons’ education,” she explains, “and we’ve been in debt when many people are retiring. We thought we may have to sell our house, but now we don’t have to!” 

To celebrate, the couple used the winnings to pay off their mortgage and splurge on a brand new Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. Sophie also plans to share the money with her sons and finally get around to some much-needed repairs around the house.

Another popular choice for Deaf Lottery winners is the House and Land Lifestyle package. This option allows you to acquire that second investment property, build a new place or even renovate your existing home. You can use the prize to put down a $100,000 deposit and take the rest to spend as you please, or you can pay everything in full and live your life mortgage-free.

87-year-old Olive* made this life-changing choice and has never looked back. The Queensland grandmother, who uses hearing aids herself, has long supported the Deaf community. Since Olive has already backpacked all over the world, she chose to set up a new home for herself. But as she hails from a big, close-knit family, she intends to share some of the cash with them, too.

Want more flexibility? The fourth and final package will let you design your own lifestyle. Upon winning, you’ll be presented with $700,000 in gold bullion and given your choice of motor vehicle, marine craft or travel vouchers to spend however you desire.

How to buy a ticket to the Deaf Lottery

If you want the chance to make your retirement dreams a reality – whether that’s living more comfortably, embarking on a cross-country road trip, or spoiling your loved ones — Draw 213 is now open.

To take part, simply head to the Deaf Lottery website and show your support by purchasing a ticket from as little as $2. For the best value and a better shot at netting the grand prize, consider buying tickets in books of 15, 25 or 50.

Draw 213 closes on April 28 and will be drawn on May 2. As this is a closed lottery, there are a limited number of tickets available for purchase. So, be sure to secure your tickets fast.

Good luck and make sure you grab your ticket here.

*Names have been changed.

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