A Sunshine Coast couple has won $260,000 over five years after scratching a winning ticket.
A Sunshine Coast couple has won $260,000 over five years after scratching a winning ticket. Contributed

Coast couple scratches $1000 a week for five years

A SIMPLE Christmas gift to a Sunshine Coast couple brought a whole new meaning to "the gift that keeps on giving".

The couple, aged in their 30s, found themselves on the receiving end of $1000 a week for the next five years, after scratching one of the top prizes on a $5 Live the Life Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

The prize amounts to a total win of $260,000.

They had received two tickets for Christmas from a family member, and the second ticket went un-scratched for a few days.

"My partner scratched one and it won a small prize so I thought, 'Oh, that's right, I get the dud scratchie,'" the winner said.

"But I woke up this morning and was sitting in the kitchen and gave the ticket a scratch.

I was like, 'Hang on, there's three Live the Life symbols!'"

He said the win was such a shock he didn't believe it at first.

"I started to think that maybe you need four or five symbols to win, so I'm sitting there for about 15 minutes just reading the back to see if I'd got it wrong," he said.

"I was trying to hold my emotions down until I knew I had won. I was holding my breath until I had that confirmation."

"I still can't really grasp it yet."

The ticket was purchased at Coolum Beach News.

The couple were already contemplating some overseas travel and starting their own business this year, and say the win could make their dreams a reality sooner.

"It's opened up so many opportunities for us," the winner said.

"It's going to make our lives that much easier."

Coolum Beach News owner Carmel Parkinson said she was thrilled the Sunshine Coast couple had won the prize. 

"This is the first top-prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket we've sold at this outlet," she said. 

"There's been a lot of winners on the Sunshine Coast during the past 12 months and long may it continue in 2018." 

Last financial year, there were 144 Instant Scratch-Its top prize winners across the Lott jurisdictions who collectively took home more than $12 million.