Research reveals the true Aussie Christmas spirit

Thursday 10 December 2015 - If someone gave you an Instant Scratch-Its ticket for Christmas, what would you do if you won the top prize? Would you share the prize money or keep it for yourself?

Instant Scratch-Its recently asked more than 1,000 Australians what they would do in this situation, and the results are in.

The research, conducted by ReachTEL, revealed that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Australia, with the vast majority of respondents (80 per cent) declaring they would tell the person who gave them the ticket and share their winnings with them.

More than one-third of respondents (34.8 per cent) said they would equally share the prize with the gift-giver, while a further 45.2 per cent would share some of the winnings.

Instant Scratch-Its spokesperson Nicole Hogan said the results are not surprising as Australians love getting into the Christmas spirit.

“It’s wonderful to know that so many people would share a top prize win on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket that was gifted to them,” Ms Hogan said.

The survey results are also consistent with what top prize Instant Scratch-Its winners have said in the past.

“Christmas is traditionally known as the season for giving, so we hear some great stories of generosity at this time of the year,” Ms Hogan said.

“Last year one couple received the ultimate present for Christmas—a $250,000 top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket!

“The winning couple told us they wanted to spread the festive joy by sharing some of their instant windfall with the person who gave them the ticket.”

However, there are still some Christmas grinches among us, with 20 per cent of respondents saying they would keep all the winnings for themselves.

Curiously, 8.2 per cent of those would tell the person they had won without sharing a cent of their prize.

Check out the festive new range of Instant Scratch-Its tickets at your local Instant Scratch-Its outlet now.

What would you do if someone gave you a top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket for Christmas?

Tell the person and equally share the prize

34.8%

Tell the person and give them some of the winnings

45.2%

Tell the person but not give away any of the winnings

8.2%

Not tell the person and keep all the winnings

11.8%

This survey was conducted using an automated telephone based survey system among 1,373 voters. The data has been weighted to reflect the population, age and gender distribution as provided by the ABS. Telephone numbers and the person within the household were selected at random. Copyright ReachTEL Pty Ltd.