A Moree man is looking forward to putting on his out-of-office email after scratching one of the top prizes of $10,000 on a $1 Ladybird Luck Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

The winning ticket was purchased at Balo Square Newsagency, Shop 3A, Balo Square Shopping Centre, 85 Balo Street, Moree.

Sharing his excitement with us this morning, the happy man revealed he regularly picked up some Instant Scratch-Its after a long day at work.

“I buy a few $1 Instant Scratch-Its tickets a couple of times a week on my way home from work,” he explained.

“I look forward to getting home and scratching them. I love the $1 tickets because I can get a few at a time and you usually win a few dollars back here and there.

“I like to try the new ones and they had just swapped over to this ticket, which is why I thought I’d try the Ladybird Luck!"

When asked how he planned to spend his instant windfall, the scratch-happy fellow confessed he was looking forward to a break away from work.

“We’ll be heading off on a well-earned holiday I think!” he laughed.

“The way I look at it, this is some money we have this week that we didn’t last week so it’s a good bonus.

“Something to share with the family and go on a nice holiday!”

Balo Square Newsagency owner Archie Karam said it was an exciting moment in his store when the customer checked their winning ticket.

“We were so excited when our regular customer checked his ticket and confirmed he had scratched a top prize,” he said.

“It’s fantastic a local to the area and a regular customer became our 16th major prize winner.

“We’ve sold a few major lottery prizes in the past few years but this would be our third or fourth top prize win on an Instant Scratch-It ticket.

“We’ve always been a lucky store and we hope that luck continues for our customers.”