Joy Clark counted herself lucky today as she drove away in a Toyota Highlander and $10,000 all thanks to her continuing support of the Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) Lottery.
The prize was presented this morning at St Clair Surf Life Saving Club in Dunedin by SLSNZ Board Member, Colin Weatherall. This was SLSNZ’s 19th Lottery, selling over 18,300 tickets at $10 each, along with many people giving generous donations on top of their ticket purchase. The winner was drawn under the supervision of a Justice of the Peace on 30 May and ran from the 1 March to the 25 May.
Joy is overwhelmed by her winnings and feels extremely lucky to have received the major prize. ”I have supported Surf Life Saving for over 12 years and safety on the beach is one of my strong beliefs in life. The country is surrounded by dangerous beaches and relies on surf lifesavers to be out there, keeping everyone safe.”
The SLSNZ Lottery has been running since 2006 and Joy is the first Dunedin resident to take home the major prize. Each year Surf Life Saving requires $8m to continue providing our lifeguards with equipment and correct training, so the lottery is just one avenue used to make up this figure.
Chief Executive of SLSNZ Paul Dalton said “As a charity, Surf Life Saving relies on the generosity of New Zealanders to help keep our favourite playground, our beaches, a safe environment. Our lotteries are an important way in which our supporters are able to contribute towards the delivery of the lifesaving services we provide.”
Other prizes included a home entertainment system, a Fisher & Paykel package, iPad packages, and BP gift cards. The 20th Lottery will begin in August.
For more information on how to purchase tickets, visit www.surflifesaving.org.nz/lottery.