An Adamstown man has had a birthday he will never forget, discovering he won one of the top prizes of $150,000 on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket he received as a gift. 

The winning $10 Jumbo Crosswords Instant Scratch-Its ticket was purchased at Adamstown Newsagency, 259 Brunker Road, Adamstown. 

Sharing his joy with us this morning, the happy winner recounted how he discovered his instant windfall. 

“I received the ticket as a birthday present from a friend,” he explained. 

“I didn’t scratch it until about a week later. I don’t usually play Instant Scratch-Its so I thought I only won about $100. 

“I took it to the newsagency and they told me my prize was too big to pay, so that’s when I knew I won something really good. 

“I took it home and counted all the words and checked it, then checked it again and realised I won $150,000. 

“I told my wife and we just looked at each other in shock. 

“I couldn’t believe it! I thought I must be reading it wrong. 

“I couldn’t stop shaking. 

“It was an unforgettable birthday.” 

When asked how he planned to enjoy his prize, the Newcastle man said he had a few ideas. 

“I am going to put it towards the mortgage and take my family on a big trip to Asia,” he shared. 

“It’s come at a great time.” 

Adamstown Newsagency co-owner Stephen Evely said he was thrilled to have sold a winning top prize Instant Scratch-Its ticket. 

“It’s great to hear we have helped deliver a major prize win to one of our customers,” he said. 

“We have sold a few major prizes in the past and we hope this is the start of a winning streak. 

“We wish our winner all the best and hope he enjoys his prize. “Congratulations!”