Glenorchy man's forgotten Christmas wins pave way for $10,000 Instant Scratch-Its windfall!

A Glenorchy man’s decision to finally cash-in some forgotten Christmas Instant Scratch-Its wins has paid off, with the man scoring one of the top prizes of $10,000 on a $1 Instant Scratch-Its.
The man used his Christmas winnings to purchase his winning $1 Instant Scratch-Its ticket from Glenorchy Central Newsagency, Shop 10, Glenorchy Central Shopping Centre, Glenorchy.
Speaking to a Golden Casket official, the man explained the Instant Scratch-Its tickets he received for Christmas transformed into a top prize win seven months later.
“It all started out as a gift. I got some Instant Scratch-Its for Christmas from my children and I won about $22, but I put the tickets on the shelf and forgot about them,” he said.
“Seven months later, I remembered them and used the winnings to buy $22 worth of Instant Scratch-Its and among those was the winning ticket.  So it was all because of a Christmas present!
“When I scratched it I still didn’t think I’d won anything. I kept on scratching the other tickets and then went back to look at the winning ticket again.  It just didn’t seem possible to win that much!
“I even went straight back to the store and asked ‘is this what I think it is?’.  They looked at it and said ‘oh my gosh, you’ve won something!’.”
The happy man said the $10,000 win had already been put to good use to treat friends and family.
“It’s gone already and helped lots of different people. I bought six vacuum cleaners and a smart TV for my friends.  And I’m also planning a celebration with my family where we’ll all go out to dinner!”
The top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket was purchased at Glenorchy Central Newsagency, Shop 10, Glenorchy Central Shopping Centre, Glenorchy.
Glenorchy Central Newsagency owner Michal Miklaszewicz said he couldn’t believe his outlet had sold another top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its.
“It’s pretty amazing.  In the last 12 months we’ve sold three $10,000 Instant Scratch-Its tickets,” he said.
“We must be a lucky store!
“It’s always great to hear that one of our customers has won.  I hope there’s many more of them!”
Last financial year, there were 144 Instant Scratch-Its top prize winners across the Lott jurisdictions who collectively took home more than $12 million.
It can happen in an instant.  It could happen to you.