FORMargaret McGill of Ashmont 2014 did not get off to a great start.
LUCK OF THE DRAW: Winner of the Kurrajong Waratah art union raffle, Margaret McGill celebrates her win with grandson Matt McGill,19. Picture: Les Smith
Following a number of family tragedies in 2013 Mrs McGill endured another loss early this year.
However yesterday Mrs McGill received news that made her sure things are looking up.
Sitting down after having her breakfast and a cup of tea, the phone range – and this this time great news was on the other end of the line.
Mrs McGill was told she had won first prize of $50,000 to spend on cars at Thomas Bros Toyota.
“It still hasn’t sunk in. I can’t believe it,” she said.
“We’ve never had any good luck, but this is it.”
For the past 10 years or so Mrs Mc Gill had bought raffle tickets from Kurrajong Waratah.
This year she bought five.
“It goes to such a great cause, so I don’t mind spending the money,” she said.
Mrs McGill’s generous nature did not stop there.
“I’m going to give my grandson a share of the car money so he can get one too,” she said.
Her grandson, 19-year-old learner driver Matt McGill can’t wait.
After trying for months to save money for his first car, Mr Mc Gill won’t have to worry anymore.
His nan is glad she can now be rid of driving instructor responsibilities.
“Now he can use his saved money to get an instructor because sometimes I get a bit nervous,” she said.
The raffle was drawn at 8am by Allan Davies, a patron and life member of Kurrajong Waratah.
Acting Sergeant Michael Baldock of Wagga police witnessed the draw.
Kurrajong Waratah treasurer, Peter Perkins, said the money raised from the raffle would go towards a new project.
“It’s currently earmarked to go towards a horticultural program,” he said,
“As the population ages, older people with intellectual disabilities require the opportunity to have interesting, fulfilling and rewarding activities and experiences.”
The program will provide residents with the opportunity to grow and plant fruit and vegetables, take care of land and look after farm animals.
For now Mrs McGill and her grandson said they are going to wait for the good news to sink in and have a think about which car they are going to pick.
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