For Sunshine Coast tradie, Adam, making the switch from playing lotto to supporting Endeavour Foundation lotteries was the best decision he ever made.
“To be honest, I was buying lots of lotto tickets and then I thought my odds were heaps better buying these,” Adam said.
“So, I decided I was better off spending $100 on Endeavour Foundation tickets than $100 on lotto.”
Turns out, he was right.
Opting for a 30-ticket bundle in an Endeavour Foundation Ultimate Life Changer lottery, Adam had a 1-in-15,167 chance of winning.
And win he did, turning his $100 investment into an incredible, life-changing $500,000 prize.
“It’s definitely worth the odds,” Adam said.
Truth be told, Adam was feeling confident right from the start.
“It’s funny, my daughter was next to me when I was looking at the prize brochure and she said, “What’s that Dad?”
“So, I said, “We’re going to win that,” he laughed.
Not to be deterred, when the draw day rolled around on June 30, he still had a feeling it might be his lucky day.
“I was on a building site and a few minutes beforehand I was wondering if I was going to get a call because I knew it was being drawn that day,” Adam explained.
“Then I got the call and I looked at the Brisbane number and thought, “Oh, it can’t be…””
“You think about these things, but you don’t really believe it until it actually happens!” he laughed.
“I was pretty excited when I got the call and just felt really tingly.”
“Straight away I rang up my wife to tell her. She was in the car with the kids in the middle of a McDonald’s drive thru and I said, “You’ll never guess what’s happened. We’ve won half a million dollars!”
After the couple had time to let the news to sink in, Adam was faced with a tough decision.
As the winner of an Endeavour Foundation Ultimate Life Changer Lottery, he had the choice of two amazing prize packages, or a literal pile of cashable gold bullion valued at $500,000.
While Option 2, including an impressive Ram truck, Jayco Basestation Toy Hauler, and a pair of Honda dual-purpose motorbikes, was very tempting, Adam knew that he had to ‘go for gold’.
“I like my big trucks and seeing the Ram and the caravan and the bikes etc, it stood out to me.
“But the dream I’ve always had was to own my own house at a decent age and relieve that stress if possible, and this has put me 20 years ahead of on my goal,” Adam said.
“We’ve already paid off the house and we’re looking to upgrade the caravan, which is something I have been wanting to do for a while now.”
“With kids growing up, I’ve always wanted to spend more time with them, but when you own your own business, you get taken away with work.”
“Now I can spend some more time with the kids and go away and do more.”
“I told the kids that every school holidays I’ll definitely take a week off so we can go away, and then hopefully we’ll extend that a bit more.”
Thanks to his win, Adam is looking forward to what lies ahead for his family, and that money worries will be a thing of the past.
You could say he’s pleased with his decision to make the switch to supporting Endeavour Foundation.
“I still have to pinch myself that we’ve won. And it’s supporting a good cause as well. It’s definitely the best decision I have made in my life,” Adam smiled.
“I can’t thank Endeavour enough.”