Women left stunned by birthday present

Published 4:00pm 30 September 2020

Women left stunned by birthday present
Words by Nick Crockford

A Bribie Island woman is still coming to terms with the fact she has won $1000 a week for the next five years on a Live the Life Instant Scratch-Its ticket received as a birthday present.

The top-prize winning $5 Live the Life Instant Scratch-Its ticket was bought at Nextra Bribie Island, on Goodwin Drive.

Real shock

“The scratchie was a gift from my sister for my birthday,” the women says, “it was a real surprise when I scratched it, I can tell you! It was a real shock!

“I have never won anything like it. I’m just happy when I win enough to buy my next scratchie. I’m still trying to get over it all, to be honest.

“When I told my sister I won on the ticket she bought me, she was really happy. She said ‘you deserve it’ because I’d been struggling. It was the best birthday present I’ve ever had!

“I’m not living it up just yet as I am using it to save for a new car. Once I’ve bought a new car, I’ll put it towards a little holiday somewhere.

“The rest of it will be used just to take the pressure off so I can live my best life. It will really make life a bit easier for my family and me.”

Stunning present

Nextra Bribie Island owner Steven Kurtz said he was thrilled one of his customers had a birthday to remember. “What a wonderful birthday present!” he says.

“We are so happy for our customer. It’s the biggest Instant Scratch-Its prize we’ve ever sold since we took over the outlet three years ago, so we are thrilled.

“We’ll be telling all of our customers we’ve sold a top prize. We’ve got a few regular customers who love playing scratchies, so they will be very happy to hear the news.”

Top prizes

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

In this same time, Instant Scratch-Its players enjoyed more than 29.1 million wins across all prize tiers worth more than $235.25 million. This equates to more than half a million dollars won on Instant Scratch-Its every day.

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