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Local scratches way to $150,000 win

A Canberra woman is ready to say goodbye to cleaning after discovering she won one of the top prizes of $150,000 on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

When asked how she planned to enjoy her prize, the winner admitted she already had a few plans.

“It takes the pressure off,” she said. “I am going to put some of it towards my mortgage and I did say I am going to get a house cleaner. I hate cleaning.”

The top prize-winning $10 Jumbo Crosswords ticket was purchased at Convention Centre Newsagency, Shop 1, 33 Allara Street, Canberra City.

The winner said she usually buys the $5 Crosswords ticket “once a month as a bit of a treat” but this time around opted for the $10 ticket. 

“Two days later, I decided to scratch it because I had forgotten about it,” she said. “I originally thought I won $500, and I was with a friend, and I said to her ‘oh my god I think I have won $500…’, and then she checked it and she thought I won $15,000.

“I checked it again, and I realised I won $150,000. And I thought ‘no way’. I checked it so many times.”

Convention Centre Newsagency owner Laura Xiong said she couldn’t be happier for her regular customer.

“We are thrilled! It’s fabulous news,” she said. “The winner was so happy when she came into the store. She originally thought she only won $500.

“It was the first time I was able to share in a major prize-winning moment with a customer, it was very exciting.” 

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