Scratching pays off
OCEAN Shores man Steve Thorley will be 'scratching for days' after winning his weight in NSW Lotteries Scratchies from the Billinudgel Post and News.
The Ocean Shores mowing contractor regularly tests his luck buying scratchies from Billinudgel Post and News, but this is the first time he has won the promotion, where the winner is weighed and given scratchies to the dollar value of weight.
Nervous before getting on the scales, Steve was taunted by Billinudgel Post and News owner Sue Stirton, who playfully joked he had to remove his steel-capped workman's boots before his final weight was decided.
Steve thought he would weigh about 70 kilograms, but after being weighed, steel-caps and all, the scales showed his weight was 70.4 kilograms, meaning he had $70.40 to spend on scratchies from the store. Normally Steve would buy a couple of $2 scratchies every working day, when he would stop for morning tea at Billinudgel Post and News.
After his windfall, Steve chose to take advantage of a special Lotteries Mother's Day deal, where for every $5 scratchie he bought he was given two free $1 tickets.
"I think I'll get the $5 scratchies ? at least I won't be scratching for weeks on end," Steve said.
"I think everyone will start calling me scratchie now."
The Win Your Weight in Scratchies promotion is run every few weeks at the store in Wilfred Street.
Sue Stirton said NSW Lotteries would consider putting on a full Lotto service at the store after a large number of scratchies were sold.
"We have been trying to get Lotto on for some time," she said.