A Bendigo man is planning a family holiday to remember after this week scratching one of the top prizes of $10,000 on a $1 Retro Riches Instant Scratch-Its ticket he found languishing in his car three months after he purchased it. 

The winning ticket was purchased at Market News Bendigo, Shop 14, Bendigo Market Place, 116/120 Mitchell Street, Bendigo. 

Sharing his joy with us today while claiming his prize, the winner recounted how he came to hold the winning ticket. 

“I buy scratchies every now and again,” he explained. 

“I had bought these and left them sitting in the car for about three months. 

“It wasn’t until I went to collect a lottery win from another ticket that I remembered they were there and scratched them before I went into the store. 

“It was a bit of a surprise to see I’d had $10,000 sitting in my car for months without knowing!” 

When we asked how he planned to spend his instant windfall, the thrilled winner revealed he had already started planning his next family holiday. 

“We’ve got a trip planned at Easter time,” he explained. 

“I can’t wait to take the family away and just have a great holiday without having to worry about saving for it.”