I remember thinking to myself, this is so much better than just winning a house somewhere you don’t get to choose... I loved the flexibility and usability of the prizes, and I decided to start buying tickets.
BRONWYN ROUT, CHAIR OF THE BOARD
CAMERON MILLER, DEPUTY CHAIR
"I always liked the Deaf Lottery prize options," Sally explains, "and I increased my VIP Club Membership to $30 from $20. It was better value and better odds, but I felt so guilty afterwards!"
Sally drew a line in the sand and told herself that if any other charities or art unions called, she would immediately ask to be removed from their contact lists.
The very next day, at work, Sally received another call from Deaf Services.
"A lady asked my name, and before she could say anything else I told her, please don’t contact me. I had to be upfront. She was very persistent, and I think I was quite rude to her!"
The lady on the other end of the line was, in fact, Deaf Services Executive General Manager Maree Brown, and she wasn’t trying to sell Sally any more tickets. In fact, Maree had some very exciting news to share.
Maree was standing in the Deaf Services Contact Centre, along with all the Deaf Services staff who had worked so hard on the Deaf Lottery 180 campaign.
Maree was calling Sally to tell her she had won 1st Prize: a total of $760,000.
Sally was sure the call wasn’t real but eventually, Maree convinced her she had won.
"I couldn’t stop crying,’ Sally says. ‘It was beyond amazing. I couldn’t comprehend it."
*Name changed to protect anonymity