Jackpot win gives financial boost
WINNING almost $90,000 in the lottery earlier this week has set a young Yamba family well on their way.
Ben Salkeld and his wife Aime, who own the gym at Waves Fitness in Yamba, found out about their jackpot success on Monday.
Mr Salkeld said yesterday he had been buying a lottery ticket since he moved to the Valley from the Gold Coast one year ago.
"I registered with the newsagency since we bought the gym last April," Mr Salkeld said.
"I didn't know I'd won; I went into the newsagency and the lady got my ticket and circled all five numbers.
"The Powerball was 12 and I had 18; we would have won $15 million if I'd had it."
The $89,464.70 win will allow the Salkelds to address their financial position and pay off business debt.
"We'll get a new car and look forward to fully focusing on working on the business rather than in it."
One thing is for sure; the family don't intend on leaving the area any time soon.
"We're loving life down here, the people are beautiful," Mr Salkeld said.