“Wow, that’s amazing,” Samantha said after a brief stunned silence.
Samantha is currently studying midwifery, and held off accepting her prize until she had finished exams.
“I didn’t want any distractions,” she said a few weeks later, sitting in the alfresco area of her new million dollar home—surrounded by her family.
It was a family affair at the handover with Samantha’s mum, fiancé Huon, cousin, grandma and pop all present whilst she graciously accepted her amazing prize. They were all completely amazed as they looked around at what was now Samantha’s future. Going from house sharing and not even being able to afford a car, to winning this beautiful four bedroom canal front home, this is something she knows is going to change her life.
Samantha has been a Mater Prize Home lottery VIP since bumping into a salesperson at a shopping centre who inspired her to join the cause. Samantha feels very passionate about Mater’s little miracles, especially since she is around premature babies all the time at work. She knows first-hand the vital support and care that these babies need. She has been purchasing a $30 book of tickets each month ever since.
“I love babies,” she said when we asked her why she’d chosen midwifery. “I like going home after a shift knowing I’ve done something spectacular. It’s good to know I’ve made a difference while I was there.”
Samantha’s mum teaches at a high school where she used to attend. Her father sadly passed away when she was only four years old, leaving her mother to raise Samantha and her two siblings on her own. When Samantha rang her mother to tell her the exciting news of her winnings, she was in class teaching. She cried with joy and celebrated with all the children, showing them online the Mater Prize Home which Samantha had won. Everyone in the school, and community, were all very happy for Samantha.
Samantha and her fiancé Huon, high school sweethearts, are set to marry this year and were excited to start their life together in their new home. After hearing the news of Samantha’s good fortune, they started planning their honeymoon with the travel voucher they won too… along with a house warming celebration with friends and family!
When we asked Samantha what her favourite feature about the house was, Huon quickly jumped in first and said the Sea Ray 230 SLX sports boat! Samantha then said her favourite feature is the theatre/entertainment room and that this will be a great space to have people over. She also said she loves the master bedroom with the freestanding bath.
When you purchase a ticket in the Mater Prize Home lottery, you are not only giving yourself a chance to change your life, but you are also helping to save the lives of others through your support of research and patient care at Mater Brisbane and Prince of Wales Hospital. Purchase your tickets today - you could very well be our next winner!