From bird poo to bird’s eye view for $5 Instant Scratch-Its winner!
A young Sydney CBD worker now believes superstitions may sometimes come true after she won one of the top prizes on a $5 Live the Life Instant Scratch-Its ticket – all because a bird pooped on her.
The woman purchased her winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket from Newslink Martin Place, Martin Place Railway Station, Sydney.
Speaking to a NSW Lotteries official to claim her prize, the winner recounted the moment she revealed her top prize of $1,000 per week for five years.
“It was a funny story. I was out to dinner with some friends and a bird actually pooed on me, and so they were all joking and said that I needed to buy a scratchie or a lottery ticket because it is a sign of good luck,” she explained.
“And so I went to the newsagency, and thought I’d just buy this $5 Live the Life one that looked pretty.
“I was heading to a meeting the next day in a cab and we were stuck in some really heavy traffic so I thought I would scratch it then.
“Once I’d scratched it, I read the rules because I am not a regular player, and I just thought I was reading it incorrectly.
“So when my taxi dropped me off, I quickly ducked into a newsagency and the lady told me it was a significant amount.
“Now that it has been confirmed, I am feeling very excited and just so grateful for this!”
The happy winner admitted she already had some plans for her windfall, including jetting above the clouds and enjoying some travel.
“You know, it’s really great because I am young and everyone always tells me how hard it is to buy a house and to get ahead, but now I have won this prize," she said.
“So, it really feels like everything is coming together, it’s all very neat!
“I don’t want to do anything crazy and I want to use it sensibly.
“I am going to start saving to put a deposit down on a house, do some travelling and I’d love to take my partner and family on a beautiful weekend getaway or take them out for a nice dinner.”
Newslink Martin Place manager Margaret Doyle said she was thrilled to discover the outlet had sold a top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket.
“Wow that is really, really exciting. It is fantastic!” she exclaimed.
“This is fabulous, absolutely fabulous, I am so happy for the winner.
“We’ve had a few big wins this week actually, so I think it is time to celebrate!”
Last financial year, there were 144 Instant Scratch-Its top prize winners across the Lott’s jurisdictions who collectively took home more than $12 million.
The latest range of Instant Scratch-Its tickets are available now at NSW Lotteries outlets. It can happen it an instant. It could happen to you.