Mega win gives cou­ple mil­lion-dol­lar smiles

Wanneroo Times - - News -

KAORI Tanaka’s birth­day sur­prise ex­ceeded her ex­pec­ta­tions this week when she and hus­band Ben Mar­shall won $2.35 mil­lion in the MSWA Mega Home Lot­tery.

The Suc­cess cou­ple were walk­ing to din­ner at El­iz­a­beth Quay to cel­e­brate her 34th birth­day on Wed­nes­day when they re­ceived phone calls about the win.

Mr Mar­shall’s former boss rang the ge­ol­o­gist to say he had just seen their names on the news, ask­ing if they won the $1.35 mil­lion Sorrento house and $1 mil­lion cash.

He turned to his part­ner, who had a look of shock on her face as she re­ceived a call that they had won the fully fur­nished Webb & BrowneNeaves home.

“Kaori got off the phone and told me that we had won the first prize,” he said.

The win has turned their lives around – Mr Mar­shall is a qual­i­fied ge­ol­o­gist but lost his job when the oil price fell two-and-a-half years ago and has been work­ing as a labourer since then. The MSWA Mega Home Lot­tery gave away more than 9000 prizes.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Kaori Tanaka and Ben Mar­shall in­spect the house.

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