Heidi Behrens behind the counter at Chippindall's in Bourbong St, where a customer recently won $25,000 on a $1 Scratch-It.
Heidi Behrens behind the counter at Chippindall's in Bourbong St, where a customer recently won $25,000 on a $1 Scratch-It. Mike Knott

Cheers to woman after winning $25k

A WOMAN who scratched a small fortune on a winning ticket in a Bundaberg newsagency this week got a round of applause from the other customers in the shop when they realised her good luck.

The woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, scratched her way to a $25,000 win on a $1 Instant Scratch-Its ticket at Chippindall’s in Bourbong St.

The lucky woman said she could not believe her luck when she revealed the third $25,000 figure on the Wild Cherries Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

“I thought my eyes must be playing tricks on me, so I took the ticket straight to the newsagent to have it checked,” she said.

“When the newsagent confirmed it was a winning ticket, all the customers in the store started cheering and applauding.”

The woman said she had been buying Instant Scratch-Its tickets for several years now.

“Whenever I visit the shops I always stop by the newsagency and buy a few,” she said.

The woman said she usually exchanged any winnings for more Instant Scratch-Its tickets.

“This time I’ll be buying some new furniture and investing the rest in a fixed-term deposit,” she said.

Chippindall’s Downtown manager Peter Heaps said it had been a while since they had seen a $25,000 winning ticket.

But he said they had seen many winning tickets over time.

“We’ve been doing this for a lot of years,” he said.

“We have seen some good prizes won on the Scratchies.”

Mr Heaps said the bigger prizes tended to be won on the lotto rather than Scratch-It tickets.

“We had someone who won $920,000 on a lotto ticket we sold a while back,” he said.

Mr Heaps said he did not know the woman who won the $25,000 this week, but buying Scratch-It tickets regularly was a habit with many people.

“A lot of people come in every day to get their Scratch-It tickets here,” he said.

“It’s just a bit of fun.”