Golden Ticket: Blake McPherson off to the AFL grand final

Michael TraillThe West Australian
Northam carpenter Blake McPherson with the coveted Golden Ticket.
Camera IconNortham carpenter Blake McPherson with the coveted Golden Ticket. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

Northam carpenter Blake McPherson did not claim the $30 million jackpot he was chasing at his local newsagent this week.

He did, however, collect a prize that money can no longer buy.

The 25-year-old Essendon supporter is among the last lucky West Aussies to win a family pass to the grand final — courtesy of The West Australian’s golden ticket competition.

“I went into Northam Central News to get some Oz Lotto tickets and just grabbed The West, too,” Mr McPherson said.

“When I took it home, the golden ticket fell out . . . who would have thought you’d win more out of the newspaper than the Lotto.”

Saturday’s decider between the Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs will be Mr McPherson’s first grand final experience.

He will be joined by his partner — who has never attended an AFL game — and said it would be a “lucky dip” to decide who took the remaining tickets of the family-pass golden ticket package.

With his club of choice not winning a finals match since 2004, Mr McPherson said that he could not bear to watch the Bulldogs lift the second premiership cup in five years.

So he will be cheering the Demons on to end their 57-year premiership drought.

The winners of those who entered the draw to win unclaimed golden tickets will be notified today.

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