A cross-border road trip from NSW to Melbourne has yielded a happy woman $75000 after she scratched the top prize on a $5 Crosswords Instant Scratch-Its.
The self-confessed, $5 Crossword Instant Scratch-Its lover purchased her winning ticket at Seymour News & Lotto on her way through the town as part of her road trip ritual.
‘‘I bought tickets from six different outlets from Seymour to Kilsyth, then I put them in a pile and shuffled them so I had no idea where I bought it from,’’ she said.
‘‘It was the first place we stopped, on our way to Melbourne ... I scratched it at 11pm on Friday night and there was nothing I could do — I couldn’t do anything until Saturday morning so I think we had about two hours sleep.
‘‘We were checking it, writing the words out, writing the letters out, double checking it again and looking at it again — it was just mental. Before I’d scratched this ticket, I was sitting at the table among the scratchie dust and my husband said to me I haven’t heard too much wahooing and then 10 minutes after he said that I said I think I have a good one here!’’
When asked how she planned to spend her $75000 windfall, the Crosswords fan said it had already been put to good use.
‘‘With this win the house has been paid off. That’s the majority of it, and the rest is just to have a bit of extra for me and my husband,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re really happy to clear the house — the best feeling in the world to actually own your house.’’
The winner purchased the winning $5 Crosswords Instant Scratch-Its at Seymour News & Lotto, 66 Station St, Seymour.
Dianna Zhang, owner of the newsagent, said she was thrilled the outlet had sold a top prize-winning Instant Scratch-Its.
‘‘How exciting for the customer and exciting for us,’’ she said.
‘‘Such a big prize for them — I hope they enjoy their win!’’