Emerald mum wins the Sunrise cash cow
"I WON'T ever win."
That was the thought that ran through Debbie Warner's head each time she entered the Sunrise Cash Cow.
As she sat in front of the television on Monday morning, coffee in hand, her phone started to ring.
"I saw the number started with 02 and I thought who would be calling from New South Wales?" Mrs Warner said.
"It was the team from Sunrise and they said I had won $30,000!"
The news came as a big but welcomed shock she added.
"I was like, oh my God!," she said.
"I'm so overwhelmed."
When she tried to tell her husband he could hardly comprehend the news either.
"He didn't believe me," Mrs Warner said.
"You just never think that something like this could happen to you."
Mrs Warner entered the competition sporadically over the past two years but never expected to win.
She waited to watch the Sunrise program to have the win confirmed.
"Until I saw it played back, I didn't believe it," she said.
"Even then, it still didn't feel real."
When asked what this would mean for her family, Mrs Warner responded "heaps".
"I am not working at the moment so the money will go a long way," she said.
As a stay-at-home mother, Mrs Warner spends her days looking after her husband and two teenage daughters, many in the community have said the money could not go to a more deserving candidate.
"The response has been incredible," she said.
"People were coming up to me and hugging me at the shops.
"I had no idea so many people knew who I was."
With the news still settling in and the month wait before the cash goes into her account, Mrs Warner has time to make plans.
"We haven't really had time to process it."
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