Newcastle dad enjoys $10,000 birthday bonus with Instant Scratch-Its win!

Forget socks and ties, one Newcastle dad has enjoyed a surprise birthday treat of $10,000 after winning one of the top prizes on a $1.10 Instant Scratch-Its ticket!
The happy winner is now planning on taking a family holiday to Bali to escape the winter chill.
Speaking to a NSW Lotteries official about his windfall, the man explained that a family member had given him three Instant Scratch-Its tickets for his birthday and each delivered a prize. 
“I won $5 on one, $20 on another, and $10,000 on the other!  So three Instant Scratch-Its and three wins!” he exclaimed.
“I had to look at the $10,000 ticket a couple of times to make sure I had the right number of zeros.
“It was hard to believe I’d scratched it.  Even after I got my family to check, it was pretty hard to sink in!”
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, confessed he’d kept a close eye on his winning ticket until he had the chance to claim his prize.
“I’ve been keeping it in a safe spot since I scratched it!  I never strayed far from home!” he said.
“I’m going to put the money towards a family holiday I think.  I’d like to go to Bali!”
The winning ticket was purchased from newsXpress Jesmond, Shop 54, Stockland Mall, 28 Blue Gum Road, Jesmond.
newsXpress Jesmond owner Aeron Gribble said the outlet was thrilled to have sold a top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket.
“It’s always exciting to hear that one of our customers has won!” he said.
“Congratulations to the winner!  We hope they enjoy their prize!”
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.