A Brookfield mum has her daughter to thank for her $10,000 Instant Scratch-Its bounty after she nearly threw out her winning ticket thinking it was a ‘dud’.

The Melburnian purchased her winning $1 Cow-A-Bunga-Cash Instant Scratch-Its ticket at Melton Station Lotto, Shop 8, Station Square Shopping Centre, 11-25 Station Street, Melton South.

Speaking with us this morning, the regular scratcher revealed how her instant windfall came about.

“Oh, my goodness! I couldn’t believe it!” she laughed.

“I bought a handful of $1 Instant Scratch-Its tickets on the weekend, and I put the tickets in the side of my car.

“When my daughter and I were sitting in the doctor's waiting room, she asked if I had checked the Instant Scratch-Its tickets that I’d purchased, and I told her that they were in the car.

“She said to me, ‘Why do you keep them in the car? Did you check them?’. So, while we were waiting, I decided to get them out of the car and scratch them.

“As I was scratching the tickets, I said to her, ‘I don’t think I’ve won anything’ as I didn’t see all the numbers come up, and she said to me, ‘Why do you buy them?’.

“I gave the tickets to her to double check, and she said, ‘No, I think you’ve won $10,000!’.

“I thought the tickets had won nothing, and I was close to dismissing them!

“We went straight to the newsagency to confirm with the team members. She put this ticket aside, and I knew something was up.

“She then said to us, ‘It’s a winner! You’ve won $10,000!’.

“I yelled out, ‘Thank the lord! I did it!’.

“You always see people on the news winning on Instant Scratch-Its and lottery games, but you never expect it to happen to you.

“I’ve always wanted to be in one of those news stories, and now I am!”

When asked how she planned to enjoy $10,000, the happy Victorian had a couple of ideas on her wish list.

“It’s been over 25 years since I’ve visited my family overseas, and I think I can finally surprise them,” she said.

“I’d also love to share the prize with those in need – children that need new school equipment or animal shelters that need supplies.

“It’s a great prize!”

The Melton Station Lotto team are thrilled for their winner and wish her all the best with her prize.