A Point Cook man couldn’t believe his eyes when he scratched a life-enhancing $150,000 top prize on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket.
The $10 Jumbo Crosswords ticket was purchased at Laverton Authorised Newsagency, 12 Aviation Road, Laverton.
Speaking with an official from The Lott, the winning man said he thought he’d won a lot less before being knocked off his chair by the revelation he’d won a major prize.
“At first I thought it was a $1,000 win, then I thought it was $15,000, but as I was talking to my daughter and giving her the news, I said, ‘Hang on, I think it’s actually $150,000,” he exclaimed.
“I burst into laughter when I realised it was actually $150,000!
“It still hasn’t fully sunk in, I don’t think.
“This is fantastic. I love to play but have never won anything like this!
“I’m going to share it with my family, maybe take a long holiday and upgrade the car.
“But honestly, it will take some time to figure it all out.
“What an amazing way to start the week!”
Laverton Authorised Newsagency owner Manoj Gupta said he was ecstatic to sell the store’s first Instant Scratch-Its top prize win.
“This will send a buzz through the store and excite all of our customers,” he said.
“It’s our first big win, and we are so excited for the winner.
“We want to wish them good luck in the future and hope they enjoy their celebrations.”
In 2021, there were 157 Instant Scratch-Its top prize winners across The Lott’s jurisdictions who collectively took home more than $10 million in top prizes.
During this same time, Instant Scratch-Its players enjoyed more than 29.1 million wins across all prize tiers worth more than $256.26 million. This equates to almost three-quarters of a million dollars won on Instant Scratch-Its every day.
Last financial year, Australia’s official lotteries contributed more than $1.5 billion via state lottery taxes and donations to help community initiatives, such as hospitals, health research, disaster relief and education.