Turn a scratch-it into new car

Coolum’s Daniel Sauvage has never won a meat tray, let alone a car.

Now he is sitting pretty in a brand new $43,000 Ford XR6 after winning a lucky chance draw from last year’s Gold Coast Indy.

While attending last year’s event with his fiancée and future father-in-law, Daniel received a scratch-it card on which he won a T-shirt.

“With the scratch-it I also got an entry into the draw to win the car,” he said. “When I got the call telling me I’d won, I thought it was a joke.

“I thought someone was pulling my leg, but I saw it was a Gold Coast number, so that kind of made sense.

“When their story checked out, I couldn’t believe it. It’s not until you get the car that it sinks in.”

The win couldn’t have come at a better time for Daniel.

His fiancée Sandy is three months pregnant and the couple has just purchased a new house together.

“I’ve got an old 1994 Holden Commodore – it’s for sale now,” he said.

“We couldn’t really afford a new car, so it’s come at a good time.”

While he entered the draw last year, Daniel only received the call telling him he’d won three months ago.

Daniel received the car on Wednesday.

The announcement of the winner was designed to coincide with this year’s Indy, which revs up at the Gold Coast from October 23-26.

“I’d like to go, but I can’t make it this year,” he said. “I’ve got pretty fond memories and I had a good time.”

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