Dylan Cave from Weston is $10,000 richer after his decision to purchase an Instant Scratch-Its ticket with loose change saw him reel in a top prize. 

The Hunter region resident purchased his winning $1 Punny Money Instant Scratch-Its ticket at Metro Petroleum Abermain, 289-295 Cessnock Road, Abermain.

Speaking with us this morning, Mr Cave said he purchased and scratched the ticket at the counter, shocking himself and the attendant when he revealed his win.

“I’d just run down to the shops to grab a few things and I had a spare $1 dollar coin,so I thought I’d try my luck,” he said.

“As I was standing there I started scratching away at the Instant Scratch-Its ticket and I looked up at the attendant and said, ‘I think I’ve won $10,000.’

“The attendant looked at me like I was crazy, but I asked him to check it too and he couldn’t believe it! It was a surreal moment. 

“It still hasn’t sunk in, and I don’t think it will for some time.

“I’ll celebrate with a few mates at some stage but the first thing I’ll do is buy some new tools and maybe look at buying a new car.

“It was just a spur-of-the-moment decision but it’s going to do some great things for me!”

Metro Petroleum Abermain Manager Nicole Chapman said the team was over the moon to have sold a major prize-winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

“We’ve had a few smaller wins in the past, but this is our first top prize Instant Scratch-Its winner and we’re all so excited about it,” she said.

“It’s created a real buzz around the store and amongst our team!

“Congratulations to our amazing winner, Dylan! Al the best in the future. I hope you’re still feeling amazing about the win!”