What pisses me off: Getting a reality check! 53

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After a quick run around the supermarket, putting a minimal amount of food in my trolley, I remember feeling like I had hit rock bottom. I was standing in line waiting for a human operated checkout when the lady in front of me asked her husband to go to the newsagent and buy her a $5 Scratch-it ticket. She told me that somebody had to win the big prize and she liked to try every week. I thought what crazy logic, but why not, so after handing over a ridiculous amount of money for my groceries I noticed I had a $2 coin in my purse so I went to the newsagent and bought myself a little bit of hope. I didn’t want to scratch it, not at that point anyway, I quite liked looking at it thinking “What if?”. I decided to keep it in my purse for a while. I realise it sounds dumb but desperate times call for desperate measures.

I have been carrying that Scratchie in my purse for 6 months now and it has served me well – whenever I felt like nothing was ever going to be good again I would think of the Scratchie and the possibility of there being lot of money under those symbols. I have spent many moments dreaming of what I could do with all that money, holidays, and shoes. Oh my God the shoes! Life would certainly be easier without the stress of money worries on top of everything else.

My poor Scratchie ticket has had a rough life being pushed and pulled out of my purse, laying in the backyard with me while I look at the moon, accidentally being thrown in the bin and now, sadly, it looks like it has done a few rounds with Mike Tyson. I am worried if I don’t scratch it soon, it is going to be too damaged and I will be denied my winnings, so I made the big decision to put my big girl pants on and finally find out if my dreams were about to come true.

I thought I was going to have a heart attack when 2 symbols revealed $250,000! I could not believe my eyes and yes, I was super excited and yes in a perfect world my Scratchie would have revealed a third $250,000, but sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world and all I won was a free Scratchie so I at least got to keep my dreams. And I do enjoy my dreams. Who knows, maybe one day in a few months when I decide to scratch again, the new ticket might reveal the big dollars. After all just like the lady at the supermarket said, somebody has to win it.

Two days later I had such a weird day. Two very weird freaky things happened within a couple of hours of each other and being quite superstitious, I believe deaths and weird or freaky things happen in threes. Then I remembered my little bit of hope in my purse and thought maybe that is going to be the third freaky thing to happen, maybe I was going to win the big prize. I got quite excited while thanking my guardian angels and promising to remain grounded and level headed I started scratching the delightful cherry symbols off my ticket. Once again I was astounded and shocked because this time I won absolutely nothing, not a free ticket, not $2, nothing! Reality really pisses me off!

Tell us, do you buy Scratchies? Have you ever won?

Christine Massey

I am a 61-year-old dysfunctional child of a problem mother. I tend to look at the world with the philosophy "Laugh hard, you could be dead tomorrow!"

  1. Yes one day I got myself 3 tickets and it was funny because they were all different types of games, when I scratched them I got 2 more free tickets so when I got those tickets I had won $5 and another free ticket, thinking this was to be MY lucky day once again I got more scratchies and while scratching those it looked like my luck had finally run out, then when I scratched the last ticket I won $200 dollars however I have never brought another ticket since, maybe it’s time to try my luck again.

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    • I agree Christine, after winning $200 I thought I had used up all my luck but it was nice while it lasted, I may even buy a couple of tickets tomorrow when I go out.

    • My brother once spent 3 hours scratching and winning small amounts. He’d go back into the shop and get more tickets with his winnings, back to the car to scratch them. In the end he got zip, lol


  3. About 50 years ago, my Godfather won a lottery ticket on a radio quiz, he won the lottery with that ticket, it never rubbed off onto me I could not win a frozen chook in a chook raffle even if I had the only ticket in the raffle

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  4. I manage to get small wins every time,keeps me in front, and enough to buy again, pissed of with the new set for life not paying on 4 numbers though,

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  5. When the Sydney Opera House lottery first started, I got 1 off the top prize! My prize was a heap of free tickets from which I got not one cent! 🙁

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    • Last Mothers Day My brother gave Mum about $70 worth of scratchies…She won $15…she was a tad Pissed Off..(Massey)

    • Phyllis a friend of mine who is an accountant got together with some of his colleagues and spent a fortune to buy a whole box of tickets about 12 years ago thinking they would have to crack it for a major prize, unfortunately the largest prize they got was $200 like I did however they did get lots of free tickets and $2 wins however it wasn’t enough to even break even, lesson learned.

  6. Its great buying a ticket that lasts for 7 days, makes me forget to put tickets on lotto that last 1 draw. Mind you I work on my lotto numbers and change them every draw, takes about 1 hour .

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  7. hmmm Christine, might not be a good idea to hold the ticket for a long time. As I understand it there is only 1 allocation of the big prize. So if someone has already claimed the big prize on a winning ticket and you manage to scratch it up also, you won’t get the payout. (or so I’ve been told) Might just be better to scratch your ticket as soon as you buy it just in case. Good luck on any future tickets, I hope you get the big one.

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