‘Tis the season to win: Lotto ‘joke’ ends in $25k
A Rochedale man bought a Christmas Instant Scratch-Its ticket outside of the festive season as a joke to make his wife laugh, and never imagined it would deliver a $25,000 win.
The top prize winning $2 Instant Scratch-Its ticket was bought at Luck Lifestyle on Gardner Road at Rochedale.
Sharing his joy with an official from The Lott today, the regular player described the moment he discovered the little ticket held a big prize.
"I purchased the ticket as a bit of a joke," he explained.
"I thought it was funny that there were still Christmas tickets available, and so I bought one for my wife just to make her laugh.
"Funny enough though, I actually scratched the ticket myself. I couldn't believe it when I saw we'd won the top prize.
"I handed it straight to my wife and said it was for her and she just looked at me, shocked.
"We were blown away!
"I didn't think it could be real. We checked the ticket so many times to be sure.
"We're planning to go out for a special dinner, in a really nice outdoor location, to celebrate. We want to feel like winners."
When asked how they planned to enjoy their prize, the couple said they would go on a national road trip.
Luck Lifestyle owner George Iacovou said he was ecstatic to have delivered a top prize win.
"Heck yeah, that's awesome news!" he cheered happily.
"We've only been open for about a year-and-a-half. In that time, we've sold some good prizes, including a division two win in Lotto and now this top prize."
In 2020, there were 177 Instant Scratch-Its top prize winners across The Lott's jurisdictions who collectively took home more than $16 million in top prizes.
Instant Scratch-Its players enjoyed more than 32.3 million wins across all prize tiers worth more than $281.17 million.
Last financial year, Australia's Official Lotteries contributed more than $1.4 billion via state lottery taxes and donations to help community initiatives, such as hospitals, health research, disaster relief and education.
Originally published as 'Tis the season to win: Lotto 'joke' ends in $25k