A drought-stricken farmer says an enormous weight has been lifted off his shoulders after he scooped up a $200,000 lottery win.
The Singleton man, who wishes to remain anonymous, admitted he and his family – who live in the town more than 200km north of Sydney – had been hit hard by the drought that has crippled large parts of the state this year.
“We’ve been going through the drought and things are a bit tough at the moment… we’ve been hanging in there,” he said.
But that pain was eased on Friday night when he claimed the first prize in the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw.
When asked how he planned to spend his Lucky Lotteries windfall, the grateful winner revealed it would provide much-needed funds to support his drought-ridden farm.
“We raise cattle for the markets and it has been tough as a lot of our dams have been drying up,” he explained.
“We are just like anyone who wins money really – everyone can use it towards something. But up here, in the drought, it has come at a great time.”
The farmer said they were on the verge of requesting government assistance, but no longer need to anymore.
“It’s absolutely brilliant. We’ve been looking at a new water tank and a water bore, so we will be implementing a lot of water-saving devices that we’ve had in mind,” he said.
“It will basically be our own drought relief.”
The winning ticket was purchased from entry from Singleton Discount Drug Store.