One year on: Instant Scratch-Its winner truly Living the Life!
From paying off houses and embarking on overseas jaunts, through to shopping sprees and starting businesses, Instant Scratch-Its Live the Life winners have revealed the inspiring ways they spend their regular weekly windfall after winning the coveted top prize.
$5 Live the Life Instant Scratch-Its tickets feature five game panels and give players the chance to win instantly from a total prize pool of $9,450,000 including one of four top prizes of $1000 a week for five years.
A young mum from Brisbane won $1,000 a week for five years in summer 2017. A year on from the exciting moment she scratched three Live the Life symbols on her Instant Scratch-Its, she this week revealed how she has been living life a little more with her winnings.
“When I first scratched the prize our goal was to go to New Years in New York,” the happy winner explained.
“We ended up going at Christmas and had a fantastic time. The money we received every week went into saving for that and just allowed us to do more on the trip than before.
“Before you would have said ‘Oh no, we won’t do that. We can only do one activity.’ Whereas now we had more freedom to do what we wanted on our holiday.
“We’ve been there and done that!”
The thrilled winner revealed her thoughts on how she planned to spend her Live the Life windfall over the remaining years.
“I’ve been having the pleasure of watching my home loan go down a lot quicker!” she laughed.
“Next year we are planning to visit the United Kingdom and Greece for my daughter’s birthday so that is on the radar. Again, the winnings just helps us to save for these trips. It’s nice.”
The woman also expressed her pleasure at having the freedom to splurge on items just for her.
“Buying shoes are my other little luxury! Not even expensive shoes or anything like that, but if I see some I like, I can buy them!”
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Despite having $1,000 a week deposited into her bank account for five years, the woman is still a keen Instant Scratch-Its player.
“Buying an Instant Scratch-It is a little treat to myself and I still buy them because you have to be in it to scratch to win!” she said.
“I always bought scratchies and I saw the Live the Life ticket and I had an inner feeling.
“I just thought ‘I’m going to try this one to see’, because when you do win you do get that money in a regular interval, over a five year period.
“I just look at it as a nice instalment, you don’t have the panic of how to spend all that money at once, and you can plan ahead.”
$5 Live the Live Instant Scratch-Its tickets, with four top prizes of $1,000 a week for five years, are available across Instant Scratch-Its outlets in Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
About Instant Scratch-Its
The world’s first scratch off ticket with instant prizes was introduced in the USA in 1974 and into Australia in 1978.
Instant Scratch-Its tickets are priced from $1 to $20. Within this price range there are a range of game types, from quick fun plays to extended play games.
Each ticket series or game has a specific prize structure consisting of several prize levels, ranging from top prizes of up to $1 million down to thousands of other smaller prizes. In most instances, the top prize represents approximately 10 per cent of the total prize pool available in that game.
Chances of winning on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket range from 1 in 2 to 1 in 4, which creates millions of moments of instant joy each year.
In 2017, about 150 Australians won more than $15 million in Instant Scratch-It top prizes.
The Lott markets Australia’s leading lottery games in each jurisdiction under its operating licences Golden Casket, NSW Lotteries, Tatts, SA Lotteries and Tatts NT. These games include Saturday Lotto, Monday and Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, The Pools and Instant Scratch-Its.
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