Couple's shock win after thinking Instant Scratch-It was a dud

·News Reporter
·2-min read

It always pays to double check, according to Queensland’s latest lottery winners.

A couple from Capalaba have taken out a $10,000 top prize on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

But the win almost passed them by.

“My partner scratched one Instant Scratch-It and told me that it wasn’t a winner,” she said.

“But I always take our tickets to our local outlet to be checked, just in case.”

“I went in store and the team member told me we had won a free ticket.”

The lucky picked up a second ticket and a $10K win. Source: The Lott
The lucky picked up a second ticket and a $10K win. Source: The Lott

After taking the $1 Raining Money ticket home to her partner, who “scratched away,” the couple soon realised that they’d won big.

“Once he finished scratching, he checked it with his magnifying glass and started crying.

“We couldn’t believe it, it was a huge shock.

“We had to tell the kids immediately. They were in shock too when I told them we scratched off $10,000!”

“One of my kids knew right away to ask how my partner was and if he was crying.”

Relishing in the “lovely surprise,” the couple admitted that they weren’t “big celebrators” but might go out for a “nice lunch.”

It was Mount Cotton Road News' third winning ticket. Source: Google Maps
It was Mount Cotton Road News' third winning ticket. Source: Google Maps

For Mount Cotton Road News in Capalaba, it was the third top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket the outlet had sold.

Owner Lyle Reilly said his daughter sold the winning ticket.

“My daughter said that when she checked the winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket she was shaking, that’s how shocked and excited she was,” he said.

“Now my wife, daughter and I have all sold winning Instant Scratch-Its tickets [which] is really special.

“Congratulations, we wish them all the best. We know this couple will definitely benefit greatly from this prize.”

In 2021, there were 157 Instant Scratch-Its top prize winners across The Lott’s jurisdictions.

All up prizes totalled more than $10 million.

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