The luckiest places in Australia to buy a scratchie have been revealed, with winners taking home a total of $11 million in the past year.
There were 158 Instant Stratch-Its winners between July 1 last year and June 30 this year, with the largest prize of $1 million scored by a shopper in the ACT.
The state with the most winners was NSW, with 53 people collecting more than $3 million between them. Forty-nine winners were from Queensland, where they took home a combined $3.36 million.
About 30 Victorians won a total of $2.13 million.
The unluckiest states to buy scratchies are South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Just four people won a share of $212,018 in Tasmania, 17 people won a total of $862,108 in South Australia and two people took home a combined $175,000 in the Northern Territory.
“During the past 12 months, our 158 thrilled Instant Scratch-Its winners each took home a range of prizes up to $1 million,” the Lott spokesman Matt Hart said.
“Once they’ve scratched themselves a top prize, our winners often tell us they use their instant win in lots of special ways, from paying off the mortgage through to holidays. One winner told us they were going to buy a new car door.
“Many of our winners bought their top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its themselves. One young Sydney woman bought her Instant Scratch-Its ticket after a bird pooped on her, which she took as an omen and a sign of good things to come.”
The luckiest postcodes in Australia
For your best chance at winning in NSW, you’d better purchase a ticket somewhere around Prospect and Blacktown in Sydney’s west.
In the last financial year, two residents scored a total of $660,000 off Instant Scratch-Its.
The largest individual prize was bought around the Prospect area, totalling $650,000.
Two people in the Sydney CBD won a total of $262,000 and there’s also a chance of taking home a prize if you buy a scratchie in the coastal town of Vincentia.
Albury is the luckiest regional town in NSW, with two people winning a total of $18,886.
The luckiest spot in the sunny state is Pialba and Urraween, about 260 kilometres north of Brisbane.
Four prizes were won in the area, totalling $130,000. Two of those winning tickets were bought at The Lucky Charm Hervey Bay.
Three winning scratchies were sold in Browns Plains in Brisbane, with prizes totalling $104,036.
The largest individual prize winner in Queensland bought their ticket in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, taking home $260,000.
Preston and Sunshine near the CBD are the most lucky spots to buy a ticket. Winnings totalled $285,000 in Preston and $100,000 in Sunshine.
Pakenham, southeast of Melbourne, sold the most valuable individual winning ticket of $260,000.
Three winning tickets were sold in Whyalla, almost 400 kilometres from the state’s capital.
Two winners bought their scratchies at the Westland Newsagency. The three winners took home a total of $154,036.
Ingle Farm is the luckiest spot in Adelaide, with one lucky winner scoring a prize of $260,000.
You’ve also got a good chance in the suburb of Seaford, with two winners taking home a total of $77,018.