Special date wins Gary record $100,000 Sunrise prize

CELEBRATIONS: Gary De Bruyn who won $100,000 on Sunrise yesterday with his wife Maryanne (right) and Michelle Tapper from Channel 7.
CELEBRATIONS: Gary De Bruyn who won $100,000 on Sunrise yesterday with his wife Maryanne (right) and Michelle Tapper from Channel 7. Contributed

GARY De Bruyn has 100,000 reasons to never forget his wedding anniversary.

The Yamanto man won the biggest prize in breakfast television history yesterday, winning $100,000 on Channel 7's Sunrise program.

When he was on the air, Mr De Bruyn was asked to pick one of 100 small red bags, each containing a cash value.

He picked number 28, the date of both his birthday and his wedding anniversary. After a brief fumble by Sunrise host David Koch, it was revealed Mr De Bruyn had won $100,000.

"My wife has been entering into the Sunrise competitions ever since they began," he said.

"About 90% of the time she'd enter my phone number as well as her own.

"We've never had a call from anyone before but on Monday they rang and told us to stay by the phone tomorrow because we were in the final 10.

"So I knew I was in with a chance, but then we had to pick one out of 100 bags."

Mr De Bruyn and his wife Maryanne moved to Australia from South Africa 14 years ago. For most of that time, Maryanne has been entering the competition.

Working as a maintenance contractor on jets at the Amberley RAAF base, Mr De Bruyn said the money would go towards paying off debts and investing.

"There are all the usual debts you pay off.

"We're renting at the moment so we might be able to put down a deposit on a house with this now."


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