Gold Coast mum pockets $100K thanks to lucky Christmas gift

While Gold Coasters are trying to dodge Covid and waiting hours in testing clinics on the first week of the new year, one lucky local is kicking it off with a whopping pay day.

A Gold Coast mum has taken out the top prize on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket she received as a Christmas gift for her dad, earning her a very cool $100,000.

The $5 Crosswords ticket was purchased at Mermaid Waters Newsagency and will likely go down as one of the best Christmas presents ever.


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“It was a wonderful present from my dad!” the thrilled mother told the Lott.

“My dad bought some Instant Scratch-Its tickets for my mum and I, alongside his daily newspaper. He usually just gets them for my mum!

“I’d scratched the Instant Scratch-Its ticket and thought I’d won something big, but I wasn’t entirely sure.

“I asked mum to check it straight away as she knows more about Instant Scratch-Its tickets than I do.

“She said, ‘you’ve won $100,000!’. I didn’t believe it! I took it straight to the local newsagency for them to confirm the prize.

“This is the biggest prize I’ve ever won. The most I’ve ever won is $1,600!”

She says she already knows exactly what to spend it on, planning some long awaited renovations on the house.

Mermaid Waters Newsagency owner Pak Cheng says it’s the first top prize Instant Scratch-Its ticket his outlet had sold.

“This is very exciting!” he said.

“It’s a great start to the new year. We hope this is the first of many more.

“Congratulations to the winner, and we wish her all the best.”