GOLD COAST BULLETIN Wednesday, Nov 10, 2004
A MASTERS Games softball team celebrated a major win – and it wasn’t on the sporting field.
The Redbacks from Brisbane were $1.4 million richer after winning the weekend Gold Lotto.
The close-knit team bought a ticket from a Mermaid Waters supermarket to celebrate the club’s 10th anniversary.
“I don’t think I talked for about half an hour, I was completely numb,” said club secretary Maureen Corcoran, after learning they had the winning numbers.
“But then I had to get my backside into gear because I had another 57 people to ring up. Fifty-eight of us were on the field that day and we each put in $20. At first they didn’t believe me.
“One of the other systems had three numbers and a supplementary so we ended up with around $37,000 from that
as well. That’s about $25,500 each. It’s just so wonderful.”
Maureen and her husband, Merv decided to spend their prize money on a trip around Australia with their friends and teammates, Glen and Colleen Donaldson.
But Zac Hapeta and Jack Teohaere each vowed to get a set of false teeth.
“When I was 25 I just decided to get my teeth taken out, I must have been drunk,’’ said Zac.
Jack’s were knocked out during a softball game.