Every Sydneysider wishes they would wake up to find an extra $200,000 sitting in their bank account.
But for one lucky office worker from the western suburbs, that fantasy has now become a reality — and it has brought them many steps closer to their dream of home ownership.
The Northmead man was shocked to hear the news he had taken out Monday’s Lucky Lotteries mega jackpot draw.
Returning to his desk after a lunch break, he answered a life-changing phone call from a NSW lotteries official.
“That’s unreal — I can’t believe it. My heart is racing,” the anonymous man said in response to the news.
Feeling emotional, the man revealed the cash prize had come at a great time. Like most people, he had been planning to get a foot on the property ladder.
“I’ve been saving for a house for so long so this will definitely be a huge kick to my house deposit,” he said.
Fortunately for the regular Lucky Lotteries player, who bought his winning entry online, the property market is currently favouring buyers.
The latest CoreLogic figures reveal the median house price in Sydney slipped 3.1 per cent in the 12 months to December, dropping to $950,000.
While the median house price in Northmead, near Parramatta, is $1.04 million, there are cheaper homes hitting the market in neighbouring suburbs.
A number of properties in Winston Hills are selling in the $800,000 to $900,000 price range, while Seven Hills has homes up for grabs in the $600,000s.
The Lucky Lotteries mega jackpot prize has reached $49.24 million while the super jackpot is at $4.14 million.
“Like everyone, you really want to win but you don’t ever think it will happen to you … this changes everything,” the man said.