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GOLD COAST BUL­LETIN Wed­nes­day, Nov 10, 2004

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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