Thursday 13 March, 2014 - A family from the Townsville area has had a great start to the year after scratching the $500,000 top prize on an Instant Scratch-Its $12 ticket.
The excited winner said the half a million dollar instant win ended a run of bad luck.
“When I first scratched the Instant Scratch-Its ticket I thought I’d won $1,000,” the ecstatic winner explained.
“I’d never won that much money on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket so I was jumping around. My husband was at home at the time and told me to stop being silly.
“I then took another look at the ticket and realised I’d missed scratching one letter on the panel and had actually won $500,000!
“I rang Mum to tell her that I’d won half a million dollars and she said to me, ‘Don’t be ridiculous. You must have done something wrong.’”
There was no mistake and now the winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she’ll use the Instant Scratch-Its windfall pay off her debts.
“After that we’ll do some work around our house. I still am having trouble believing we’ve won $500,000 because we’ve had such a run of bad luck.”
The top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its $12 ticket was purchased at Nextra Annandale, Shop 5 in Annandale Central Shopping Centre, Corner of Macarthur Drive and University Road, Annandale.