Dapto mum's dreamy bedtime Instant Scratch-Its win delivers sleepless night

A Dapto mum has confessed she didn’t sleep a wink after discovering she’d won one of the top prizes of $1,000 a week for five years on a $5 Live the Life Instant Scratch-Its ticket just before going to bed.
 
Remarkably, the winning ticket, from Dapto Newsagency, 17 Bong Bong Road, Dapto, was a free ticket won on a previous Instant Scratch-Its ticket.
 
The happy winner explained that her family erupted into celebration when the top prize of $1,000 a week for five years was scratched.
 
“It was just surreal!” the winner explained.
 
“I bought a $5 Live the Life ticket from my local lottery agent, as I do each week, and I scratched it and won a free ticket.  While I was out and about, I took it in and got another one.
 
“Then I was at home and I was just laying bed and I thought ‘I’ve got an Instant Scratch-Its, I’ll scratch it now’.  I often get two ‘Live the Life’ boxes, but then the third one came up and I was like ‘Oh my God!’!
 
“I started screaming for my husband to check it. He didn’t know what to do. We had to keep checking it over and over.
 
“The kids were screaming and carrying on.  I don’t think we slept at all that night!”  
 
Recognising the need to keep her winning Instant Scratch-Its safe until she could claim her prize, the woman locked the ticket in a box.
 
“I panicked thinking the kids would grab it and play with it so we hid it away!” she laughed.
 
With the win still sinking in, the woman admitted she and her family had yet to decide how to spend their instant windfall.
 
“We haven’t even thought of it yet. It’s a nice little bonus and really helps us at the moment. It couldn’t have come at a better time,” she said. 
 
The winning ticket was from Dapto Newsagency, 17 Bong Bong Road, Dapto.
 
Dapto Newsagency staff member Victoria Merritt said the outlet was thrilled to have sold a top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket.
 
“How awesome!” she exclaimed.
 
“It’s always good to hear of our customers winning.  Good for them, whoever they are!
 
“Congratulations to the winner!  I hope they enjoy their prize!”
 
The latest range of Instant Scratch-Its tickets are available now at NSW Lotteries outlets. It can happen in an instant. It could happen to you.