Port Augusta woman's lucky scratch

LUCKY: A Port Augusta woman nearly forgot she had the winning Instant Scratch-It in her purse.
LUCKY: A Port Augusta woman nearly forgot she had the winning Instant Scratch-It in her purse.

A Port Augusta woman is welcoming the new year $10,000 richer thanks to a lucky scratch.

The winner claimed top prize from a mere $1 Instant Scratch-It, although she attributes her luck day to a 12-month-long ‘winning streak’.

“I started out with five tickets, and I won three dollars, so I went and bought another three tickets and then I’d have another win and get a few more,” the overjoyed woman recounted.

“Over the past 12 months or more it seemed as though every time I got a ticket I’d win some money and I’d use that money to get another ticket.”

“I only do it every month or so. I had some floating around in my wallet for a couple of months before I claimed them.

“Then the other night, I couldn’t sleep and I remembered I had a ticket. I scratched it and I saw the prize and I thought to myself ‘really?’ then I checked the back and saw that it was right. I had won!”

With plenty of ideas on how to spend her winnings, the woman said at the top of her list is a new roller door for the garage and some cupboards for the laundry.

“Well I had a sleepless night after I discovered the win!” she laughed.

“I lay awake deciding how I would spend it. I thought I’d do this to my house or that to my house.

“I treated myself to a new pair of shoes and a new handbag too so there is a little something fun for me too!”

The winning ticket was sold at Orana Lotto and Newsagency and supervisor Zoe Brooks was thrilled to hear her outlet had sold a top prize ticket.

“We haven’t sold a top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket for a very long time so it’s nice to know we’ve sold a winner to one of our customers,” Zoe said.

“We’ll be celebrating in store and telling all of our customers we’ve sold a top prize.

“Best of luck to our winner! We wish them all the best with their prize!”