Georgia's million dollar smile

Georgia Baldwin had a million reasons to smile when she arrived in Byron Bay last week.

She was just about to take possession of a $1 million furnished luxury apartment in Jonson Street – first prize in a Mater Foundation lottery.

A machine operator from Townsville, the 31-year-old couldn’t contain her excitement when she walked into the apartment with friends who had travelled with her from Queensland’s north.

Georgia was informed of her win by organisers the day before her birthday.

“I was simply hoping to raise money for sick babies and Mater Foundation, so I bought $10 worth of tickets,” she said.

“I never knew where the Mater prize home even was and now it’s amazing to have a beautiful home in Byron Bay.

“It’s still surreal as this can change your life and the opportunities are endless.”

Georgia said she had been to Byron Bay only once before, about 12 years ago for the Blues Festival.

She readily admitted her recollections of the town were a bit hazy, but after a quick tour she said ‘Byron Bay is absolutely beautiful’.

Georgia intends to keep the apartment for at least 12 months, but will then consider her options.

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