AN elderly Gold Coast couple who won themselves a wicked $100,000 on an instant $5 scratchie say they will share their winnings with family rather than spend it on themselves.
The pensioners purchased the winning $5 Instant Scratch-Its ticket from the Nextra newsagent in the Nerang Mall on Tuesday.
“My husband buys us two tickets every fortnight on our pension ‘pay day’,” the winning wife giggled.
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“He scratches the first ticket and I scratch the second ticket – it’s the way we’ve done it for years now.”
“This time he didn’t win anything so looked over at me and apparently I was just staring at my ticket exclaiming ‘oh oh oh’!”
The couple, who’ve been married for a self-professed ’very long time’, said they had never won anything before.
“We’ve had a long, good life but have struggled at times so this is a nice ending to round us out,” the winning woman said.
“I scratched the top prize yesterday and had the best night’s sleep – I wasn’t expecting that!
“But today I’m still a bit shaky. It’s unbelievable!”
The woman’s husband joked that he would have to keep in his wife’s good books now because she scratched the top prize on her ticket and she has her own bank account.
“I’ve got to be careful or she might not share the win with me!” he laughed.
The elderly winners shared news of their instant windfall with their son.
“Mum and Dad phoned to tell me and I was a bit hesitant because I wasn’t sure if they were reading it correctly – that it was $100 and not $100K!” the winning couple’s son shared.
“Now their win is confirmed I’ve told them to take a cruise and enjoy the money but they think they’re too old!”
But the couple declared they would rather share the prize with their family.
“We’re too old to spend the money on ourselves! We’d rather share it with family instead. Just winning is a nice enough prize for us,” the woman responded.
The winning ticket was sold at Nextra Nerang Mall (Shop G17) in the Nerang Mall on Gilston Street.
Nextra owner Porsche Cheung said he was thrilled the top prize was won by one of their customers.
“They couldn’t wait to share the news with us!” Mr Cheung exclaimed. “When they had their win confirmed by Golden Casket they gave us a phone call.”
“They’re lovely people and we couldn’t be happier for them!”