Never too late for luck to turn

PROUD WINNER: John O’Dwyer of Laidley won $2750 gift voucher in last year's City Pride campaign. Will you be a winner this year?
PROUD WINNER: John O’Dwyer of Laidley won $2750 gift voucher in last year's City Pride campaign. Will you be a winner this year? David Nielsen

JOHN O'Dwyer has never confessed to being a lucky man.

The 81-year-old farmer from Laidley said the most he'd ever won were a few raffles.

It's taken more than eight decades, but Mr O'Dwyer can finally say he's won the top prize in a major competition, taking out the first City Pride gift wallet worth $2750.

"I was surprised to hear I'd won. It was very unexpected," he said.

Mr O'Dwyer purchased his winning entry at Dimmeys Ipswich - a small purchase, he said, which paid off very well.

"I come into Ipswich once a fortnight to shop. I go to Rosewood and catch the train in," he said.

"I only bought a shirt, two photo frames and a Kit Kat so I'm really excited [to win $2750]."

The local shopper said he wasn't sure what he would spend his prize on just yet.

"I've still got my little farm at Laidley so something always needs doing there," he said.

"I'd say to other people to definitely give [City Pride] a go. I just enter these things because you never know."

Another two prizes, worth $2750 and $5500, will be drawn on August 22 and September 4.

City Pride entrants must complete the original entry form including their name, address, phone number, name of business, receipt number and purchase date.

Forms must then be mailed to the QT office by noon on the day the prize is drawn to be eligible.

Entrants must retain their original reciept to win. For more on City Pride, visit

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