Would you tell your family if you won a house?

first_imgMegan Pattison won her home at Biggera Waters via the RSL Art Union — and had a great time telling family and friends. Photo: Adam HeadIF you won a house, would you tell your nearest and dearest?According to a study by RSL Art Union, one in 20 of us plan to never reveal this secret windfall — even to our closest friends and family.The survey also uncovered almost 12 per cent of winners would only tell their loved ones after they’d sold the house and invested the money elsewhere.But silent winners were in the minority. Almost 38 per cent of respondents said they’d not only tell family and friends, they’d offer them a room to stay as well.RSL Art Union Queensland general manager, Tracey Bishop, said in reality, most winners changed plans once they’d received the golden phone call.“After winning, the excitement makes it much more difficult,” she said.Ms Bishop said the initial reaction from overwhelmed winners varied.She recalled one gentleman who was distinctly cool on the phone when told of his $2 million prize.“He was so calm. He didn’t want anyone at work to know. He literally just said, ‘Ah, thank you very much, I’ll call you back,’ and we were all stunned,” she said.Ms Bishop said many people liked to share their good fortune — even with strangers. She recalled a recent winner who saw someone in a checkout queue who was unable to afford all their items.“So she just paid for her groceries,” Ms Bishop said.Ms Bishop was thrilled about her job which saw lives changed for the better.“A woman from South Australia, she was around 21-years-old, and her and her sister were estranged from her family. She won a place down in Sydney and she actually got them both on their feet. She bought an apartment for them both with the money she received … started a degree … and she eventually moved to England. To change someone’s life is fantastic.”Megan Pattison is one of the lucky few who can claim the title of prize home winner.In February, she won a $2 million home in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast, and couldn’t wait to share the good news.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“I rang a couple of good friends and told them,” she said.“I didn’t tell my mother or my daughter. I waited until they came to the house and then told them.”She said her daughter was stunned when she revealed their new home.“She was like, ‘Is this my house?’ and I said, ‘Yes!’ and she jumped up and down and did a bit of a fist pump and was very happy.”Ms Pattison is also among the generous majority. She shares the house with her 12-year-old daughter … and her ex-husband.“Most people find that that’s a little bit of an interesting arrangement — we’ve been separated for nine years and just got our divorce a couple of weeks ago,” she said.“It works well for both of us because I travel a lot for work so he gets to spend time with his daughter which is a great thing and she loves the fact that he lives with us.”Ms Pattison said she was cautious when revealing her good fortune to friends.“I was very careful not to tell people or to tell people not to say anything until the (official) news came out. That didn’t happen for a couple of weeks. I was very careful too with the people that I knew that were social media queens. I was very careful not to tell them.”Ms Pattison still buys RSL Art Union tickets, so she’ll be in with a chance to win the next $2 million prize — the choice between a two-bedroom apartment in Bondi or a three-bedroom townhouse at Byron Bay. One of the next RSL Art Union prize homes —6/22 Mahogany Dve, Byron Bay Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more