Lucky Gold Coaster $25,000 richer after surprise ‘scratchie’ win!

A Gold Coast man is planning to purchase his first home after winning a whopping $25,000 on an Instant Scratch-It.

The man, from Southport, scratched one of the top prizes on the $2 scratchie he bought from Spano’s Supa IGA at Crestwood Plaza in Molendinar.

Speaking to a Golden Casket official this afternoon to claim his prize, the man shared how he came to hold the winning scratchie.


“I am moving houses at the moment and I was cleaning and came across an old ticket, so I thought I would take it into the newsagency to check it,” he explained.

“Turns out I won a few dollars and so I bought another Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

“When I scratched it, I actually thought I had won $1,000 and I was so excited. But when I took it to the counter to claim my prize, the guy said ‘We can’t pay this sorry, it’s too much.’

“So I checked the ticket again and realised I hadn’t scratched it all and just thought ‘Holy sh*t! I won the top prize!’

PHOTO: Supplied | The Lott

When asked how he planned to spend his win, the man admitted he would use the money wisely.

“For now, I am going to put it in the bank to earn some interest,” he said.

“I am looking at buying a house, so I will eventually put it towards my mortgage.

“I will definitely celebrate. I will take the family out to dinner and then take the missus out for some fun.”


Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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