Instant Scratch-Its hot spots: Luckiest Aussie suburbs revealed ahead of Father's Day

New research has uncovered Australia's top locations for Instant Scratch-Its winners taking home the top prizes.

Australian lottery provider The Lott revealed that of the 139 major winners across the country in the last financial year, nearly half of the winners were from Queensland.

Between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022, 52 top prize winners from the Sunshine State took home a total of more than $5.9 million in earnings.

New South Wales follows with the second-largest number of top prize winners, with 43 people collecting more than $4.7 million – nearly a 40 per cent increase compared to the previous financial year.

Man's hand holding an Instant Scratch-Its card in front of a caravan and three holidaymakers
The Lott has revealed what regions the biggest Instant Scratch-Its winners in the country are from. Source: The Lott

Victorian players claimed 26 major prize wins, collectively worth more than $2.9 million – a 2.33 per cent increase from the same period previously.

The Lott says there were 139 top prize winners across Australia, who collectively took home more than $14.51 million in prize money during the period, while more than 28.7 million winners across all prize tiers collected rewards worth more than $261 million.

Top winning postcodes revealed

Data also revealed the postcodes in each state and territory that sold more than one top prize-winning Instant Scratch-Its in the past financial year.

Queensland's luckiest postcode was 4740, for the North Queensland suburbs of Mackay/Mackay West, with four top prizes totalling $94,999.

In New South Wales, the postcode of 2232 for the southern Sydney suburbs of Sutherland/Kirrawee was crowned the state's hottest spot, with three Instant Scratch-Its top prize wins.

The top postcode for Victoria was revealed to be 3028 for Laverton and Altona Meadows, and 3088 for St Helena and Greensborough with two top prizes each.

In Tasmania, the postcode of 7250 for Ravenswood and Launceston sold two top prizes collectively worth $110,000, while in South Australia, the postcode of 5290 for Mount Gambier sold two top prizes amounting to $35,000.

"Last financial year, we saw Instant Scratch-Its top prize wins land across the country – from metropolitan areas to small regional towns," The Lott spokesperson Anna Hobdell said in a statement, adding that some aficionados tend to flock to outlets that have a track record of wins.

"Regardless of where an Instant Scratch-Its ticket is bought, it's important to remember a top prize win can land anywhere and at any time, with most games offering millions of dollars in prizes," Ms Hobdell further said.

According to Ms Hobdell, there could be a rush of top prize winners this weekend as Father's Day is one of the busiest times of the year for Instant Scratch-Its scratching.

In 2021, more than 130.8 million winners took home more than $3.79 billion in prize money from their favourite games at The Lott, including Saturday Lotto, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, Keno, Super 66, Lotto Strike and Instant Scratch-Its.

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