A new dad from Australia, who lost his job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has won a lottery total of $4.8 million (about £2.5 million)
The man, who has remained anonymous, is in his 20s and found himself unemployed after he lost his job because of the current global COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting the majority of countries in the world.
The man and his wife have a new baby, and this new situation had left him feeling ‘stressed’, but that’s all changed now.
On Sunday, their family’s lives changed forever, when the Australian man took the top prize in the Lott’s Set For Life game. Meaning that the young family will now be given $20,000 a month for the next 20 years, totalling to $4.8 million Australian Dollars over the next two decades.
The man from Adelaide purchased the winning ‘QuickPick’ ticket online at thelott.com, with his win confirmed by officials shortly thereafter.
As reported by Australian Associated Press, the man said: “I checked my online account last night and saw I had won. I woke up my wife to tell her and she screamed.”
“It’s unbelievable. I checked my online account so many times to see if it was real.
“We did not sleep a wink. We stayed up all night watching TV and talking about what we’re going to do. It is a wonderful feeling.
“We are a young family and we have a baby, so this will set us up for the rest of our lives.”
He continued: “I recently lost my job because of COVID-19, and so this just gives me complete relief. I have been so stressed lately, but now I am so happy.”
“This gives us complete financial freedom. The possibilities are endless with this prize. This is a great feeling to have. I couldn’t be happier.”
He added: “She wants to do everything, a new car, holidays, a new house, not just any house but our dream house. Oh and a shopping spree, of course.”
“What can’t you do with this prize is the question.”
This lucky family got this big win at a time when it mattered the most, when many in Australia have lost their jobs die to the recent pandemic, and those who have never previously relied on the government for help, are now in desperate need of cash to pay bills, rent and mortgage repayments, or simply to buy essential supplies, such as food.
The Austalian federal government’s jobkeeper payment provides up to $18,000 for those who have lost their jobs over a six month period, as the country reaches 6,400 reported cases of the COVID-19 disease.
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