WINNER: Great-grandmother bags thousands with scratchies
BUYING two extra tickets turned out to be the best decision a Texas great-grandmother could have made, after she scratched herself $10,000 richer.
The delighted woman scratched one of the top prizes of $10,000 on a $1 Christmas Instant Scratch-Its ticket she bought while shopping for festive gifts at Texas Newsagency.
Speaking to a Golden Casket official this week to claim her prize, the winner described the moment she realised she instantly won $10,000.
"I was buying some Instant Scratch-Its as Christmas presents and I bought some of the $5 and $1 Christmas tickets but I ended up with two more than I needed,” she said.
"When I got home that night I thought 'oh bother, I'm going to scratch these two myself!'. So that's what happened!
"It's unbelievable. It's really wonderful.
"I couldn't believe it so I had to get someone to check the ticket and count all the zeros.
"I haven't sent the other tickets I bought off as presents yet. I'm tempted to scratch them!” she said.
The semi-regular Instant Scratch-Its player admitted she loved Christmas but had been so distracted by her win that she had yet to put up her Christmas decorations.
"I've got children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren so with this win I'll be able to spoil them all this Christmas,” she said.
Texas Newsagency owner Les Cox said it was great to see another Instant Scratch-Its top prize land in the region.
"We've been seeing some of the Instant Scratch-Its top prizes fall around us, in Stanthorpe and Inglewood, we thought it must be our time soon to win one. And we did,” he said.
"What makes it especially good news is that they're regular customers and it's just great news for the town.”
This is the first top prize from the 2017 Instant Scratch-Its Christmas ticket range to be claimed.
This year's Golden Casket range features five tickets, each with multiple top prizes of up to $150,000.
The range includes the $1 Christmas cheer gift tag, $2 Christmas joy tree ornament, $5 Christmas gift, $5 Christmas edition crosswords and $10 25 days of Christmas advent calendar.
Last financial year, there were 144 Instant Scratch-Its top prize winners across the Lott jurisdictions who collectively took home more than $12 million.