Bill, Lucy and Robyn Downs with ‘Tinkerbell’ celebrate after winning $50,000 last night.
Bill, Lucy and Robyn Downs with ‘Tinkerbell’ celebrate after winning $50,000 last night. NAT BROMHEAD

Aussie battlers win $50,000

TORQUAY mum Robyn Downs spent yesterday in a state of nervous excitement.

She and her husband, Bill, were informed that they had been selected as the lucky home viewers that would win the same amount as the studio contestants on Channel 7’s Deal or No Deal program.

They spent the rest of the day wondering how much they might win.

Robyn must have had a gut feeling – she joked to her husband that she reckoned they could be the lucky winners of $50,000, and she was exactly right.

The family are quintessential Aussie battlers.

Bill has been trying hard to find work and has been doing volunteer work three days a week while he continues his search.

Robyn has been completing an aged care course.

She says their good luck could not have come at a better time.

“We’re going to pay our debts first,” Robyn said.

“Then we’ll finish our house.”

The family would love to take a holiday together but Robyn isn’t sure yet where they will go.

“I can’t think straight at the moment,” she said.

Yesterday afternoon Robyn, Bill and their daughter Lucy, 16, crowded around the television with a friend and watched as the show progressed – and they were ecstatic when they discovered how much they had won.

“We can’t believe it,” Robyn said. The family celebrated with friends last night.



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