With the festive season the busiest time of the year for Instant Scratch-Its tickets, new research has uncovered the top prize-winning regions across the past 12 months.
More than 126 Australians have won $9.289 million in Instant Scratch-Its top prizes, with New South Wales enjoying the most wins with 45 during the 12 months to 31 October 2017.
Regions selling the most top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its tickets were Brisbane’s Northern suburbs (five top prize wins totalling $770,000), Central and Northern Sydney (nine top prize wins totalling $513,000), Southeast Melbourne (eight top prize wins totalling $1.295 million), Northern Adelaide (six top prize wins totalling $275,000), and Glenorchy in Hobart with two top prize wins totalling $20,000.
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Instant Scratch-Its spokesperson Elissa Lewis said Australians had been winning Instant Scratch-Its top prizes at a rate of more than two a week.
“The biggest Instant Scratch-Its ticket prize won during this time was $650,000, which was won by two different customers in Gordonvale in Cairns and Hampton in Melbourne.
"The hardworking Cairns dad told us he nearly had a heart attack when he scratched the $650,000 top prize on his $10 Live the Life ticket.
“The happy winner confessed he had too many plans to list when it came to spending his instant windfall.”