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Crosswords tickets prove popular with winners

Scratch'n'Win Crossword tickets are proving a hot favourite this financial year with close to $1 million in major prizes given away to Western Australian players so far.

With 28 major winners on Crossword and Double Crossword tickets since June 2009, Lotterywest shares our 2010 winners' stories.

Father and son scoop $75,000 prize

A father and son from Bunbury were shocked when they purchased themselves a $3 Crossword ticket on Mother's Day from Bunbury Forum Newsagency and realised they had won $75,000.

The lucky duo who love playing Crossword tickets, said they would use their prize money to pay off their debts, buy a car with a bit more 'grunt' and help Nanna out.

"We just can't believe it, we are still pinching ourselves," they said.

High prize for High Wycombe couple

A couple in their 40s from High Wycombe let out a few screams and described themselves as a pair of Mexican jumping beans when they collected a cool $100,000 on their $5 Double Crossword ticket.

The couple purchased their winning ticket from Village News High Wycombe in April.

"This money will certainly help us relax a bit more. We will use it to buy our first house together and go on a holiday," they said.

Instant prize is icing on the cake

An Ocean Reef married couple in their 50s described their $75,000 prize in March as icing on the cake.

"I first thought I had scratched too many letters on my ticket but when I realised the news was true, I went very pale," the woman said.

The man said the couple would use some of the winnings to travel back to the United Kingdom as he had not been back in 42 years.

The winning ticket was purchased at Beaumaris News Ocean Reef.

Rockingham winner celebrates with bubbly

A woman in her 50s from Rockingham said her legs almost couldn't hold her up when she realised she had scooped $100,000 on her Double Crossword ticket in February.

The woman, who celebrated her win with a bottle of bubbly, purchased her ticket from Careeba Park News and Convenience Rockingham.

"The money will enable me to be debt free for the first time in my life,"she said.

Going on a cruise was on her list of plans as it was something she always wanted to do.

South West woman's Scratch'n'Win surprise

A woman in her 40s from the state's South West welcomed her $75,000 prize in January this year after a run of bad luck in 2009.

The woman who purchasing her ticket from Williams Newsagency in Williams, said she visited a friend to confirm the prize.

"I celebrated the news with friends and family over a bottle of champagne and plan to use some of the money to go on a holiday with family," she said.

Want to scratch your way to a major prize?

Other Scratch'n'Win players now have the opportunity to share in over $3.5 million in prizes with Lotterywest's current $3 and $5 Crossword tickets.

The current series includes a $3 Maple Leaf Crossword ticket and a $5 Green Tea Double Crossword ticket. Players have the chance to scoop up to $75,000 on the $3 Maple Leaf Crossword or up to $100,000 when they scratch a Green Tea Double Crossword.

Over this financial year, about $57 million worth of prizes have been won by Western Australians on Scratch'n'Win tickets, helping to contribute $23.5 million to the local community.

For every $1 spent on Scratch'n'Win tickets, 32 cents is returned to the Western Australian community to health, sports, arts and a variety of not-for-profit and community groups.

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*Prize information is correct as at 29 May 2010

Media Enquiries: Pina Compagnone - 9340 5227 / 0438 996 884

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