19 August 22

Brookfield mum attributes $10,000 Instant Scratch-Its top prize win to daughter

By Francesca Figliano

Updated 19 August 2022 - 1:51 pm,

first published at 19 August 2022 - 1:51 pm

A Brookfield mum has her daughter to thank for her $10,000 Instant Scratch-Its bounty after she nearly threw out her winning ticket thinking it was a ‘dud’.

The Melburnian purchased her winning $1 Cow-A-Bunga-Cash Instant Scratch-Its ticket at Melton Station Lotto, Shop 8, Station Square Shopping Centre, 11-25 Station Street, Melton South.

Speaking with an official from The Lott this morning, the regular scratcher revealed how her instant windfall came about.

“Oh, my goodness! I couldn’t believe it!” she laughed.

“I bought a handful of $1 Instant Scratch-Its tickets on the weekend, and I put the tickets in the side of my car.

“When my daughter and I were sitting in the doctor's waiting room, she asked if I had checked the Instant Scratch-Its tickets that I’d purchased, and I told her that they were in the car.

“She said to me, ‘Why do you keep them in the car? Did you check them?’. So, while we were waiting, I decided to get them out of the car and scratch them.

“As I was scratching the tickets, I said to her, ‘I don’t think I’ve won anything’ as I didn’t see all the numbers come up, and she said to me, ‘Why do you buy them?’.

“I gave the tickets to her to double check, and she said, ‘No, I think you’ve won $10,000!’.

“I thought the tickets had won nothing, and I was close to dismissing them!

“We went straight to the newsagency to confirm with the team members. She put this ticket aside, and I knew something was up.

“She then said to us, ‘It’s a winner! You’ve won $10,000!’.

“I yelled out, ‘Thank the lord! I did it!’.

“You always see people on the news winning on Instant Scratch-Its and lottery games, but you never expect it to happen to you.

“I’ve always wanted to be in one of those news stories, and now I am!”

When asked how she planned to enjoy $10,000, the happy Victorian had a couple of ideas on her wish list.

“It’s been over 25 years since I’ve visited my family overseas, and I think I can finally surprise them,” she said.

“I’d also love to share the prize with those in need – children that need new school equipment or animal shelters that need supplies.

“It’s a great prize!”

The Melton Station Lotto team are thrilled for their winner and wish her all the best with her prize.

In 2021, there were 157 Instant Scratch-Its top prize winners across The Lott’s jurisdictions who collectively took home more than $10 million in top prizes.

During this same time, Instant Scratch-Its players enjoyed more than 29.1 million wins across all prize tiers worth more than $256.26 million. This equates to almost three-quarters of a million dollars won on Instant Scratch-Its every day.

Every month, Instant Scratch-Its’ 2nd Chance Draw gives you another chance to turn your eligible non-winning Instant Scratch-Its into a winner. Visit thelott.com to enter this month’s 2nd Chance Draw.

The official home of Australia’s lotteries, The Lott operates and markets Australia’s leading lottery games customers know and love creating everyday winners, winning every day.

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 TattsLotto, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, Keno, Super 66, Lotto Strike and Instant Scratch-Its.

Last financial year, Australia’s official lotteries contributed more than $1.5 billion via state lottery taxes and donations to help community initiatives, such as hospitals, health research, disaster relief and education.