Ticket Number: 1199818| Croydon 3136| Total Prize Amount $850,000
It took Deaf Services Head of Sales Alex Fisher some moments to convince Sophie, our lucky Lottery 183 winner, that she’d just won $850,000.
“Are you serious?” were Sophie’s first words, as she came to grips with the life-changing news.
Alex Fisher, Head of Sales, makes the winning call!
Sophie has been a frequent Deaf Lottery supporter, with her winning ticket coming from a $10 book bought on Christmas Eve!
“I’m so excited,” Sophie told us. “Thank you so much. I can’t wait to call my husband!”
Sophie’s uncle has been a Deaf Lottery supporter for 30 years, and Sophie said she was looking forward to sharing her news with him. “He’ll be quite jealous I think!” she joked.
With a background in social work, Sophie has spent the last decade in a government department, and told us she’d been recently grappling with her future in ways familiar to many of us.
“I’m turning 66 this year,” she said, “and I’ve been thinking how on earth can I afford to retire? As you can imagine, you’ve made my dreams come true.”
Lottery 183 Draw Day!
Sophie said she hadn’t thought about how she would spend her winnings, but she told us there was one priceless thing it would buy.
“I’ve got a two year-old grandson and another on the way,” she said. “This will mean I can look after them.”
Sophie told us that her connection to the Deaf Lottery had begun some years ago, when she came across a brochure at work.
“I saw this wonderful house you were featuring,” she said, “and I said to some of my workmates how about we all put in a dollar and buy some tickets? We literally sat around on our lunch hour and convinced ourselves we’d already won the house. We made rules about who was going to take which bedroom!”
Sophie tells us her win will allow her to spend more time with her family.
Sophie’s connection to The Deaf Lottery is a personal one, after increasing her understanding of deafness through a “hearing unit” at the school her children attended.
“My son had a best friend with hearing loss,” she told us, “and I learned lots. That certainly played a part in my decision.”
From all of us at Deaf Services, we wish Sophie and her family all the best!