MELISSA Plunkett of Liverpool will never think about loose change the same way again.
The mother to six children, all under the age of 12, recently won $101,562 on commercial radio station Nova 96.9 FM's Loose Change competition.
"I was listening to it [the competition] and I never thought I'd ever win something like this," Ms Plunkett said.
"The only thing that's making me feel like it's real is the massive novelty cheque in my house."
Ms Plunkett, who is a part of the Save-A-Paw animal rescue group, said she would be using the money to help animals left at the pound.
"It's heart-breaking seeing these animals that need saving," she said.
"You basically have to pick which ones get to live or die.
"The money will go towards paying for veterinary treatments, vaccinations, rehabilitation and obedience training.
"I've been saving animals from pounds for the last six years."
Ms Plunkett has four cats and three dogs at home.
Two of those dogs have been rescued from the pound, one of which has three legs.
She said she had always loved animals and couldn't think of spending the money any other way: "I was the type of kid that would always bring a kitten home to keep it".