Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean
Winnings up to scratch
LOTTO punters can make their luck in the city.
Lotterywest has crunched the numbers with another year gone by and found the Perth CBD was the hottest suburb to sell a top prize Scratch ’n’ Win ticket in 2019, with five tickets sold in the area offering a combined prize of $600,000.
One of the Perth stores to sell a top prize scratchie last year was The Lucky Charm City Rail.
Owner George Georgiou said his store sold a $3 scratchie that made one local $50,000 richer in February last year.
“Perth CBD has always sold a lot of scratchies; it’s more location than anything else, as we have so many people coming through the station at any given time of the day,” he said.
Mr Georgiou said his store had sold multiple top prize Scratch ’n’ Win tickets in the past five years, including a $100,000 win from a $20 ticket and two $1000 prizes from $4 scratchies.
He said the agency’s “knowledgeable and helpful staff and location” made it a lucky Lotto hot spot.
Bull Creek finished as the second hottest scratchie suburb, with three top prize winners claiming $350,000 collectively.
Armadale, Carine, Geraldton, Moora, Nedlands and Noranda shared the title of the third hottest scratchie suburbs, with two top prize winners each.
Lotterywest spokeswoman Hermione Coleman said Scratch ’n’ Win tickets offered WA players a variety of prizes.
“We’ve seen WA players take home a range of prizes, from a brand new Volkswagen Golf to $300,000,” she said.
■ A Morley couple marked the end of 2019 by winning more than $2.7 million in a Slikpik 12 Megadraw.
Their winning ticket with the numbers 39, 13, 19, 1, 37 and 31 was bought at the Crimea Newsagency.
The husband said his wife usually bought Lotterywest tickets but was glad he followed his ‘spur of the moment’ decision.
“I had $10 in my pocket and thought ‘why not?’,” he said.
“It’s normally my wife’s job to grab the tickets, but this time I did it. I was playing a game of solitaire at the time when she told me we had won, so I quickly gave that game away.”
The couple plan to look after their family while trying to work out holiday plans.