A TOWNSVILLE couple's Christmas was made especially merry and bright after they scratched one of the top prizes of $150,000 on a $10 Instant Scratch-Its ticket they received as a present from their daughter.
The couple, in their 70s, thought they were seeing things when they revealed the top prize on their ticket, which was purchased at Taigum Newsagency, Shop 28, Centro Taigum, 217 Beams Road, Taigum.
"We couldn't believe our eyes! It was a gift from our daughter for Christmas!"
the winning woman exclaimed when speaking to a Golden Casket official.
"Both of us were totally surprised because that sort of thing just doesn't happen to us!" her husband added.
"We buy them from time to time, but have never won anything like this.
"We scratched the ticket just after Christmas. We were both sitting around the kitchen table. We had four tickets - I scratched one and my wife scratched this one.
"She said 'is this what I think I'm seeing'. I had a look and thought 'oh my god!'.
"It was a wonderful surprise. It's quite a buzz!"
The retired couple plan to share their windfall with their family.
Taigum Newsagency manager Stephanie Yang said she was thrilled an Instant Scratch-Its ticket from her store had landed someone one of the top prizes.
"That's fantastic news! It's a nice big prize!" she exclaimed.
"I believe this is the first top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket we've sold in recent years. I can't wait to spread the word that the winning ticket came from my outlet."
Last financial year, there were 144 Instant Scratch-Its top prize winners across the Lott jurisdictions who collectively took home more than $12 million.
It can happen in an instant. It could happen to you.