EVANS HEAD teenager Lauren Fields is still in shock after winning tickets to the most exclusive event of the year – Oprah Winfrey’s Sydney shows.
The money-can’t-buy tickets caused a worldwide frenzy after the talk show queen’s production company announced last week that fans wanting tickets had to sign up for a lottery-style ballot.
Only 6000 people from all over the world were able to secure a spot.
Lauren, 19, has been a devoted Oprah fan for seven years. She is now eagerly awaiting her chance to see her idol in ‘real life’.
“Oprah will probably just be this speck in the distance, but we’re so excited,” Lauren said. “I remember that I started watching the show because my older sister liked watching it.
“From there I just started to like it more and more. When I was at high school a few of us would come back to my place during our free periods just so we could watch Oprah.”
However, the Southern Cross University student knew her chances of winning a ticket to one of the Oprah shows at the Sydney Opera House on December 14 would be pretty slim.
That’s why both Lauren and her sister, Nicole Lord, applied for the tickets.
“I checked my email and it said ‘great news’, but I still wasn’t really sure I had won,” Lauren said.
“Then my sister rang and said she didn’t get tickets. That’s when I realised.”
For the Evans Head sisters, the next big decision is deciding what to wear to a show that will be seen by millions of people around the world. “We want to wear bright things and stand out,” Lauren said.
But the women aren’t the only ones from the Northern Rivers to get their hands on the precious ‘golden tickets’.
Tracey Woolford and Donna Lollback, of Casino, will also be in the crowd.
“I don’t normally win things – I’m not very lucky,” Ms Woolford said.
“Donna and I will have so much fun at Oprah. We’re more like sisters than friends.
“Seeing Oprah in the flesh is going to be great, just amazing. I can’t believe we were so lucky.”
In the crowd for the two tapings will be 300 Oprah fans from America who were in the audience at the opening show of her farewell season in September when they were told that they were being treated to a tour of Australia.
Oprah’s trip to Australia is part of a tourism promotion with funding from the Federal and NSW governments.
It is also partly financed by Tourism Australia and supported by Qantas.