Thursday 4 October, 2012 - An Ipswich couple’s jaws dropped this week when they scratched a major prize on a $5 Crosswords Instant Scratch-Its ticket.
When they attended Golden Casket’s head office to collect their prize however, they were in for another shock as they were told they hadn’t won $10,000 as they thought, but they had in fact won the Top Prize of $250,000!
Speaking to a Golden Casket official, the winning woman said she was flabbergasted by the news.
“On the Crossword Instant Scratch-Its ticket you have to scratch 10 words to win the Top Prize,” she explained.
“All I counted were nine words, so I thought we’d only won $10,000, and I was already over the moon!
“To hear that I was wrong and we’ve actually won 25 times that amount is just unbelievable.”
When they thought they’d only won $10,000 the winners said they planned to keep the money in the bank and use only for pressing needs as they arise.
The news of winning a quarter of a million dollars has changed those plans.
“We’re both close to retirement age so now we’ll be able to use this money to finish up at work sooner and take care of ourselves,” the winning woman said.
“We’re not extravagant people, so we’ll settle our debts, take a family holiday and think carefully about how to use the rest of the money.”
The winning ticket was purchased from Winston Glades News, Shop 9 in the Winston Glades Shopping Centre, Flinders View.
Golden Casket Public Relations Executive Zoe Knobel said the new Instant Scratch-Its $15 Velvet Edition ticket still has a huge top prize up for grabs.
“The $15 Velvet Edition Instant Scratch-Its ticket is offering a top prize of $1 million! Buy your Instant Scratch-Its today from your local Golden Casket outlet for a chance to win.”