Lottery winner is forced to hunt through her rubbish bin after THROWING OUT her $260,000 ticket
- A St Helena woman has accidentally thrown out her $260,000 Scratch-Its ticket
- The woman threw her $5 Live the Life ticket in the rubbish thinking she had lost
- Her eagle-eyed boyfriend spotted the ticket in the bin telling her she had won
- The top prize win will see her receive $1,000 a week for the next five years
A lottery winner has been forced to trawl through her rubbish bin in a desperate hunt for her fortune after throwing out her $260,000 Scratch-its ticket.
The young St Helena resident accidentally tossed her $5 Live the Life ticket in the trash thinking she had lucked out on a prize.
‘My boyfriend surprised me the other day and brought me home a few tickets, and one of them was this ticket,’ she said.
A lottery winner was forced to rummage through her rubbish bin to locate her winning $260,000 scratch-its ticket after thinking she had lost
‘When I first scratched it, I thought it didn’t win anything, so I just tossed it in the bin.’
But her eagle-eyed boyfriend spotted the ticket in the trash and realised she had actually taken out the $260,000 top prize.
‘I didn’t believe a word he said. I assumed he was just pranking me, or it was some kind of novelty ticket,’ she said.
Initially thinking her boyfriend was pranking her, the woman had to read the instructions on the back of the ticket three times over before the win sunk in.
The winning ticket was purchased from Aqueduct News and Lotto and will now guarantee the woman $1,000 a week for the next five years.
Still in shock from the win, the St Helena woman said it was a fantastic surprise right before Christmas.
The St Helena woman will now receive $1,000 a week for five years after taking out the top prize of the $5 Live the Life ticket
‘I am not sure what I will do with it. I am still coming to terms with the news,’ she laughed.
‘I think we will definitely use it to buy a house, though!’
This financial year there were 176 instant Scratch-it wins totalling to more than $14.7million in top prizes.
Scratch-its players won more than $274.31million across all prize tiers equating to more than $750,000 in prize money won each day.