"The luck of the Irish" wins retired Nudgee couple $25,000

Wednesday 3 October, 2012 - A retired couple in Nudgee have big smiles on their faces after scratching their way to being $25,000 richer with a $1 Top Dollar Instant Scratch-Its ticket!

The winners Con Murphy, 80, and his wife Marge, 77, said they couldn’t be more delighted with the prize.

“I often buy $1 and $2 Instant Scratch-Its,” said Con.

“I’ve had quite a few small wins, but when I saw the $25,000 prize on this one I just couldn’t believe it!

“I went home and said to Marge, ‘I told you I’d win the big one, love!’” he laughed.

The couple said they have a few plans for how to use the money.

“We’d like to gift some to our children, do some home improvements and celebrate with the family,” said Con.

The winner’s wife said Con has a famous habit of winning prizes.

“A friend of mine from line dancing told me that when she sees Con buying Instant Scratch-Its at the newsagency she won’t bother going in right then because he’ll have used up all the luck,” said Marge.

“He does seem to have good luck – that’s the Irish in him.”

Con said that, although the win is very exciting, he was already a very happy man.

“Well I was in luck to marry Marge, so I say to people I’m already rich, but this prize is wonderful.

“We’ll celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary next year, so we’ll put aside some of the money for that too.”

The winning ticket was purchased from Banyo Newsagency at 276 St Vincents Road, Banyo.

Golden Casket Public Relations Executive Zoe Knobel said the 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.”