Geraldton man’s retirement plans brought forward

Geraldton Guardian
A Geraldton man can retire to a life of caravanning on $20,000 a month after winning this year’s first “set for life” lottery.
Camera IconA Geraldton man can retire to a life of caravanning on $20,000 a month after winning this year’s first “set for life” lottery. Credit: Lotterywest/Supplied

A Geraldton man who is WA’s first “Set for Life” winner for 2020 said he could now “sit back and relax” after becoming richer to the tune of $20,000 a month for 20 years.

The man, in his 60s, said he planned to retire in June but would bring that forward and also buy a caravan instead of a campervan to begin his travel adventures.

He purchased his lottery ticket online and said he had used the same numbers for 30 years, and when Set for Life started in 2015 he added the game to his play list.

“I like Set for Life because it’s great value as your ticket is valid for seven days,” he said.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw all of my numbers come up, I was planning on retiring in three months.

“I didn’t know how I was going to do it just on the pension and the little Super I have, but now I needn’t worry, can retire early, buy a caravan and travel in style.”

Lotterywest spokesperson Hermione Coleman said Set for Life’s game was changing.

“We’re changing the game’s matrix to seven winning numbers out of 44 (it was eight out of 37), which means the odds of winning any prize have improved,” she said.

“Currently Set for Life’s Division Two prize sits at around $6000, however the new changes will see a new Division Two prize of $5000 a month for a year.”

The next chance to win big is in Thursday’s $40 million Powerball jackpot.

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