A Werribee grandfather has had a birthday party he’ll never forget after scratching one of the top prizes of $10,000 on a $1 Instant Scratch-Its ticket he received as a gift. 

The winning $1 Instant Scratch-Its ticket was purchased at Shopping on Clyde Lotto & Gifts, Shop T2, Shopping on Clyde, 280 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Clyde. 

Sharing his joy with us this morning, the Victorian man said it was one of the best birthday presents he’d ever received. 

“It was my birthday party and I had all of my family over for lunch,” he explained. 

“I received the gift from a family member and I said, ‘we’ll have to scratch these before you go so we can see if I am a winner!’. 

“But we forgot with the excitement of the day and it wasn’t until a few days later that I remembered I had to scratch them. 

“So, I scratched them all off and realised I had three symbols. 

“I called out to my wife and said, ‘you do need three of these to win right?’. I couldn’t believe my eyes. 

“My wife came to look over my shoulder and she said, ‘you’re joking!’ she couldn’t believe it either! 

“I had 15 $1 Instant Scratch-Its tickets to scratch as part of my present, so I scratched the rest and won an extra $12 so I actually won three times. 

“But I’ve got to say nothing beats the $10,000 prize!” 

When asked how he planned to enjoy his instant windfall, the jolly man said he would use it to upgrade his car. 

“We’ve already been down to the dealership and chatted to them about what we can do to upgrade to a new car!” he confessed gleefully. 

“It will be great to be able to drive around in a flash new car!” 

Shopping on Clyde Lotto & Gifts owner Heidi Keel said she was thrilled her outlet had sold another major prize.   

“We’re so excited for our customer, I’ve told everyone,” she laughed. 

“This is the second top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket we’ve sold so we are on a winning streak! 

“We hope this continues for us and our customers. 

“Congratulations to the winner. What a fantastic birthday present.”