A Central Coast woman will have plenty of cash to bankroll her quarantine spending after winning $50,000 of an Instant Scratch-Its ticket.
The top prize winning $4 ticket was purchased at Charmhaven Newsagency, with the lucky winner reeling from excitement.
“I buy an Instant Scratch-Its ticket as a little treat every week or two,” she explained.
“I have won lots of little prizes, but never anything like this.
“When I scratched it and saw that I won, I was shocked.
“I checked it about 100 times, and then I got my husband to check it as well.
“Then I went to the newsagency, and they couldn’t pay out the prize because it was so big, so that’s when I realised it was true.
“The owner there was so excited for me.
“It was lovely.
“He made my winning experience even more amazing,” she said.
When asked how she planned to enjoy her instant win, the ecstatic woman said it gave her the freedom to buy what she wanted.
“I have been through a bit of a rough time lately, so it’s come at the best time,” she admitted.
“It’s a relief and gives me some security.
“It’s given me a real comfortable feeling.
“I have a lot of ideas of how to spend it.
“I want to just keep it in the bank for now and buy the things I want when I see them.
“It will be nice to just buy something randomly without thinking about it,” she said.
Charmhaven Newsagency owner, Greg Smith, said he couldn’t be happier for his regular customer.
“It was an amazing experience, being able to confirm the news with the winner,” he said.
“She is very deserving and her reaction was priceless.
“It’s a moment I won’t forget.
“We wish her all the best and hope she enjoys her prize.
“Being able to share that experience gave me a lift too.
“It put all the staff in a wonderful mood.
“Hopefully we can sell more major prize winning tickets soon,” he said.
Press release, May 25
Ally Ramsay, The Lott