"Lucky" Warringah Mall shopper scratches $25,000 instant win over cup of coffee!

A self-described “lucky” Warringah Mall shopper has scratched herself one of the two top prizes of $25,000 on a $2 Instant Scratch-Its ticket over a cup of coffee!

The local retired woman explained that she bought the winning ticket from Strike It Lucky, within Westfield Warringah Mall, using the winnings from a previous Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

“I had a scratchie in my purse I had won a few dollars on and I was shopping in Warringah Mall so bought two new tickets,” she said.

“I went to have a coffee and I scratched the first ticket and won $5, and then scratched another one, saw $25,000 and thought ‘That can’t be right?!’.

“I quietly got up from the coffee shop and went back to the store and said ‘Have I won $25,000?’. I thought the lady there was going to faint! She said ‘Yes you have!’.”

When asked what she might do with her windfall, the winner laughed and said: “I’ll be living very comfortably!”.

“I like to buy an Instant Scratch-Its every now and then as it’s fun to come home, have a cup of tea and scratch them,” she said.

“Every time I buy an Instant Scratch-Its, I win something – it could be a free ticket or a couple of dollars. I’m just lucky! “

I won $500 once and $100 another time, but this is the biggest prize I’ve ever won!”

The retired woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the top prize winning $2 Instant Scratch-Its ticket at Strike It Lucky, Shop 135 in Westfield Warringah Mall, Cnr Condamine Street and Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale.

Strike It Lucky staff member Matthew Yu sand the store was delighted one of their customers had won a top prize.

“Congratulations to the winner! What a great surprise to have over a coffee!” he said.

“Instant Scratch-Its tickets are very popular here because it’s a fun way to play. We often have winners coming back to the store to claim their prizes, but $25,000 is one of the higher Instant Scratch-Its top prizes we’ve had recently.

“We’ve also had some multi-million division one Lotto winners over the years so it’s great to see our customers continue to win!”

The latest range of Instant Scratch-Its tickets are available now at NSW Lotteries outlets. It can happen it an instant. It could happen to you.