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Grandmother hits Scratch-Its jackpot

Posted: 8am 27 Sep 2020

A Deception Bay grandmother is on cloud nine after winning one of the top prizes of $100,000 on a $5 Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

The $5 Crosswords ticket was bought at Deception Bay News, in Deception Bay Shopping Centre and the delighted winner says a girlfriend was her good luck charm.

“I can’t believe it! It’s like a dream. A wonderful dream! I’m on cloud nine! It’s just wonderful!” she says.

“I was out shopping with a girlfriend, and she wanted to pop into the newsagency to buy her lottery entry, so while I was there, I thought I’d grab some scratchies for myself.

“I’ve been buying them for about 20 years, and I think the most I’ve ever won is $50.

Lucky charm

“My friend must be my good luck charm! She was there when I scratched it and marched me right back to the newsagency so they could confirm the win.

“I celebrated that afternoon with my friends and neighbours. I managed to cook dinner and go to bed. But then I woke up at midnight asking myself ‘Is this really happening? Is it real?’

“I’ve never won anything other than an esky in a raffle.”

When asked how she planned to enjoy her instant windfall, the loving grandmother said she was looking forward to spending more time with her family.

Helping hand

“We have two children and grandchildren who live at the coast so we will give them some and help them out,” she said.

“We are a little overwhelmed by it all at the moment, but I think we’ll use it to visit them so we can spend some more time together. That would be lovely.”

Deception Bay News team member Chloe Murphy says she is thrilled a regular customer had won a major prize.

“It was fantastic to see one of our regular players score a prize after buying them for years!” she says. “We were all really excited for her when she came back to check her ticket.”

Top prizes

Between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020, there were 151 Instant Scratch-Its top prize winners across the Lott’s jurisdictions who collectively took home more than $11.8 million.

During this same time, Instant Scratch-Its players had more than 29.1 million wins across all prize tiers worth more than $235.25 million.

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