Win brightens cancer diagnosis
MELISSA Saggers and John Frascina describe themselves as normal working class people who are just trying to make ends meet like everyone else.
But on August 3, their lives changed forever when they won the major prize in Cancer Council WAs inaugural Ultimate Lifestyle Lottery.
Ms Saggers said she had wanted to support the lottery and Cancer Council WA particularly as John was currently battling a blood cancer, but only bought the ticket the day before the lottery closed.
“I’d been listening to the radio on the way to work for a few weeks and I kept thinking I’ve got to buy a ticket and I kept forgetting every day,” she said.
“I remembered this day so I went in and it’s the first thing I did. I put the computer on, transferred some money into my credit card and bought the ticket, and thought ‘Oh well, good you know, I’m doing something good to help the Cancer Council’.
“It wasn’t like we had the $100 to spend, so it was like which account can I take it out of.”
Mr Frascina said the win could not have come at a better time for the family.
“A few months ago I was diagnosed with lymphoma so I’ve been going through chemotherapy for the last few months which isn’t the nicest thing to go through, but my haematologist has given me a good diagnosis,” he said.
Cancer Council WA chief executive Susan Rooney said she was delighted for Melissa, John and Matilda, as well as the 6669 other lottery winners.
She said the lottery was an exciting new venture that would help the Cancer Council increase its reach and impact.
Melissa, John and Matilda in the penthouse apartment.