Cabarita man $1.83m richer
By SAMANTHA HEALY
INSTANT millionaire Barry Bergin took a rare pleasure in life yesterday ? he told his boss never to ring him again.
The lucky Cabarita man revealed himself as the mystery winner of $1.83 million from last Saturday's $22 million Lotto draw and admits that his wife Danea and himself had not slept since.
"I wasn't able to sleep all night knowing that I had the winning ticket," Mr Bergin said.
"I bought two tickets, one here and one in Queensland, and I haven't bothered to check the other one yet.
"I just can't believe I am a millionaire."
Mr Bergin, a proud member of the Bandido bikies, recalled candidly that he had not had the easiest of lives, working in the hot and dusty mines and struggling to scrape together money for the bills.
But he said he was now looking forward to this new phase in his life.
"I rang the boss and told him never to call me again," he said.
Mr Bergin said he plans to buy a block of units with his winnings and to do a lot of fishing.
But he has had no thoughts about trading in his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle.
"I've worked hard all my life and I definitely feel lucky," he said.
Brent Hayward and owner Chris Briscow of Bogangar Post Office and Newsagency said the entry was the biggest prize ever sold by his agency.
"We are the luckiest shop on the North coast," Mr Hayward said.
"As soon as we opened the doors he (Mr Bergin) was in checking his ticket.
"It's so exciting. It would be unreal."
Mr Briscow said it was funny how often they heard people ask for the winning ticket.
"It's exciting for the winner, but it's also good for us.
Mr Bergin, who has been buying Lotto tickets for more than 20 years, will probably receive his cheque within two to three weeks.
For the rest of us we will continue to ask, "Wouldn't it be nice?"