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When Annie Panella purchased her ticket in the first Hospital Research Home Lottery for 2018, she never imagined she would win.

Nearly one year on, the life changing win still has not sunk in.

“Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined buying a ticket and winning,” Annie said.

“At first I thought it was a joke, it was difficult to comprehend the fact that my sisters and I had won.”

Annie purchased the winning ticket on behalf of her and her sisters, with the grand prize a fully-furnished resort-style home in Henley Beach.

The group had been buying tickets in the Lottery for a few years.

“We love knowing that we are supporting South Australia and our local community.”

While Annie’s win helped financially, the highlight of winning was being able to share the unbelievable experience with her sisters and family.

“We have always done and shared most things together over the years and being able to share the house makes it that little bit more special.”

The family recently celebrated their first Christmas and New Year’s at the house and had a wonderful time.

“It has been beyond overwhelming and such an unbelievable experience.

“I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to The Hospital Research Foundation.”

With support from people like Annie and her sisters, we are able to fund lifesaving medical research and patient care initiatives to improve the lives of people in South Australia.