Kirra Pearl a gem for lotto winner
WITH a built-in espresso machine and million-dollar ocean views, Mal Ward loves his new Kirra Pearl apartment at Kirra.
Unfortunately, it is only his for another five weeks, when he will hand the keys over to a lucky Boys Town lottery winner.
As the charity's “National Manager, Prize Property”, the Robina resident has to find the Boys Town dream homes, organise the decor and then give them away.
“The handover is the most interesting time,” Mr Ward said.
“It is emotional for the winners. I'm covered in kisses and cuddles.”
Boys Town prize homes are always on the Gold or Sunshine coasts, because for most people across Australia these are dream locations, although each lottery also has options for other prize homes in Melbourne or Sydney.
Ten Boys Town lotteries are held each year, with approximately 250,000 tickets sold for each one.
Some buyers like to help their chances along. The ladies who prepare the houses for each lottery find good luck charms left around the property and coins thrown in the pool for luck.
“One woman even writes a letter to herself, welcoming her to her new home,” Mr Ward said.
He looks at dozens of potential prize home properties each year.
“We always have the family in mind.
“It has to be functional and low-maintenance but it has to have that wow factor.
“I was excited when I saw Kirra Pearl.
“That view hits you in the face.”
A recent lottery at nearby Kirra Wave broke sales records for Boys Town.
Money raised by the Boys Town lotteries goes to projects including Kids Helpline, a domestic violence refuge and a training project for disadvantaged youth.