Man’s shock act after scratchie win
A scratchie winner who scored a staggering $100,000 with the first ticket he ever bought shocked the newsagent who sold it to him with a generous "thank you".
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased his winning Scratch'n'Win ticket from Morley North News recently.
He had intended to buy a weekly OZ Lotto ticket, but was told the newsagent had a $10 transaction minimum, and that his ticket came up short at just $6.60.
So on a whim, the Ballajura man decided to make up the difference by purchasing his first ever Break the Bank scratchie for $5 - which ended up hitting the jackpot.
"The woman asked if I'd like to buy a scratchie to make up the difference, so I agreed," the man, aged in his late 20s, told lottery officials.
"I scratched it in the car and had to go back and check to see if what I'd won was right because I've never bought a scratchie before."
The man, who is an international student, said he would celebrate his good fortune with a good steak and would also put some of the cash towards becoming an Australian citizen.
However, the student also used some of his winnings to thank the team at Morley North News.
Owner Anna Chung said she was shocked to find out she had sold a winning scratchie but was further taken aback when he came back to thank her in person.
"He came in with a box of chocolates and shared $300 of his winnings with us to say thank you for convincing him to buy a Scratch'n'Win ticket," she said.
"It was a very generous gift.
"He is a very sweet guy and the money will go towards a new bed for my daughter."
However, it's not the first time an Aussie lottery player has won big this year with their first ticket.
Back in March, a WA university student scored $1 million with the first Lotto ticket he had ever purchased from Media Lottery Centre & News in Cannington.
At the time, the man, aged in his 30s, told Lotterywest his friends had tried to talk him out of buying the ticket as he "never has any luck".
"I checked my ticket at home that night and when I realised I'd won, I literally slapped myself because I thought I was dreaming," he said.
Lotterywest spokeswoman Pina Compagnone said the player was proof a life-changing win could happen to anyone.
Originally published as Man's shock act after scratchie win