Great excitement in Hawick last week as a local man won an amazing £250,000 on a National Lottery Scratch Card!
Craig Takacs, 31, isn’t sure what compelled him to buy a National Lottery Scratch Card last week in his local co-op. Having always been sceptical of the odds of winning, he had never bothered to play before. All of this changed on that fateful day when he decided to use the change left over from his shopping to buy one. He then put the card in his pocket and forgot all about until later that evening when getting ready for bed when he found it again. Little did he realise that his entire life was about to turn upside down.
Not thinking for a second that he could win anything, an unsuspecting Takacs scratched the card off and was shocked to find that he had won! Unable to believe his luck, he checked the card hundreds of times just to be sure before telling his partner, Rhonda, who was equally ecstatic to hear the incredible news.
As it was so late at night the two had to reserve their celebrations and wait until the claim line opened at 9AM the next morning. Mr. Takacs described his excitement as he was unable to sleep until four AM. The two set their alarm so they would be ready to phone up and claim first thing in the morning, and it was confirmed – they’d just won an amazing £250,000.
Mr. Takacs, who works as a tree surgeon and lives with Rhonda and their four children in Hawick, will receive the prize in yearly instalments of £25,000 for the next ten years. Rather than squander his money, he said that he would use the cash to buy his house, and occasionally buy a little treat for their children.
One thing that definitely has changed, however, is his attitude towards scratchcards. Far from being a sceptic, Mr. Takacs hopes that he will be able to carry on his lucky streak, as he confirmed that from now on he will be a much more avid lottery and scratchcard winner.
When asked what inspired him to buy a scratchcard on that fateful day, Mr. Tekacs said that he was unsure – but that he liked to hope that it was his late Grandmother continuing to look after him with a little push in the right direction.
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An Inverness couple are celebrating after scooping a massive £100,000 jackpot on a National Lottery Scratch Card this week. In a recent press photograph, the couple are pictured pouring a couple of glasses of champagne with huge smiles on their faces.
On Saturday 6th April 2013, Lorraine Woolley, who works as a contract catering general manager, was visiting Asda to buy herself a lottery ticket for the Saturday draw. It was once she was already in the shop that she decided she would treat herself to a £2 scratch card.
The Inverness lady describes how she felt after she realised she’d won. She was apparently shaking like a leaf in the car when she became aware of her instant fortune. Her heart was racing and she not able to take it all in. Her shock was obviously evident to her granddaughter, who was travelling in the car with her at the time and asked her if she had won “any pennies”.
She was still in the car park when she made the realisation and decided to go back into the store to check that she had not made a mistake. Lorraine told how she was racing with adrenaline at this point. The Asda cashier took the scratch card, looked at it before looking back at her, and she knew she had won. This is a sort of excitement you cannot get from playing online scratch cards.
Woolley quickly phoned her husband Ian, 52, and her children, Robert, 31 and Michael, 29 to share the good news. However, she was unable to get through to them. The woman needed to share her good news with someone, so she confided in her friend and a neighbour. With the help of her friends, she managed to track down her husband who was away on a fishing trip.
Lorraine explained how she won at 3pm, but she couldn’t get hold of her husband until 5pm. This was quite a lot for her to bear, so she decided to get out the vodka to calm her nerves. When her husband first became aware of the good news, he initially thought it was a joke.
The couple have been married 32 years and play Lotto, EuroMillions and scratch cards. Last year, Lorraine also won £700 playing the National Lottery Triple Lucky 7s Scratch Card.
Lorraine plans on buying new cars for her and Ian, as well as going all out on a trip to Disney World, Florida.
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Scratch cards, on occasion, have been known to inspire bad behaviour among some members of the general public. For instance, in December we showed you a video of a man who pranked a friend into thinking that he had scored a huge win of £50,000. We all know that this was just a hoax, with the amusing results soon posted to YouTube and going viral in rapid-quick time. Pranks seem to be the first level in scratch card misbehaviour, after which there are stories that behave badly after obtaining their winnings. Above this, there are plenty of stories of criminals conducting robberies with the goal of stealing lots of scratch cards from shops.
Million-Dollar Scratch Card
Based on recent news it would appear that scratch cards are now in murder-mystery realm, worthy of a place in an Agatha Christie novel. In America there was deceased man who was determined, after a toxicology report, to have consumed a lethal amount of cyanide. The departed was in fact a scratchcard winner who had scooped up a million-dollar prize from the card he played. Scratchcards in the UK seldom offer such lucrative prizes, although £100k and £200k sums are routinely available.
Posthumous Cheque Cashed
In June of 2012, Urooj Khan would purchase a scratchcard from a Chicago convenience store that would change his life forever. Mr Khan lived long enough to receive a cheque with the first instalment of his winnings, but did not live long enough to cash it. The cheque, subsequently, was cashed on 15 August, a month after it was issued on 19 July. Mr Khan had announced to his family and friends at a winning ceremony that he had won and that he would be spending the money on them.
A Murder Investigation Begins
The initial toxicology report on Mr Khan came back negative for the most commonly used drugs, drawing a conclusion that there was nothing suspicious. However, a relative of Mr Kahn’s came forward and pleaded for them to investigate further. After more testing it was determined that Mr Khan had died as a result of cyanide poisoning. Now the Chicago Police have commenced a murder investigation to catch the killer of Mr Khan. At present, all of the evidence is pointing toward the scratchcard winnings as having acted as motivation. Regardless, we will all have to wait some time before the conclusion of this unfortunate case is reached.
The appeal of playing online scratchcards as well as classic paper based scratchies is stronger than ever, with incredible jackpots coming from online sites as well as the National Lottery jackpots rising and rising! Scratchie fever seems to be sweeping the nation at the moment, and if they are not being used as incentives to try and get employees to work harder, they are being slapped on everything from bags of rice to parking tickets to try and generate new and repeat business. Companies all over the UK are wising up to the massive thrill that scratch cards offer, and the latest business to get hooked on scratchies is a little-known bakery in London!
The Konditor and Cook bakery may be a chain of retail bakeries, however they are still not as well known as their competitors. All of this could be about to change, however, given that they are now capitalizing on the massive popularity of scratchies! They have cooked up (or BAKED up I should say!) a whole heap of excellent promotional scratchcards to try and entice new customers and secure some repeat purchases from their already loyal fans. At the moment there are no cash prizes hidden beneath those panels, but some might argue that the treats on offer are even BETTER! If you love your grub as much as you love playing these addictive games then this one will most definitely appeal to you! If you are lucky enough to get your mitts on a Konditor and Cook scratchie then you could be in with the chances of winning:
- Cake Decorating classes with the founder of Konditor and Cook, Gerhard Jenne
- A year’s supply of brownies
- 100 cakes
- 100 savoury pastries
- 10,000 £1 cakes and goodies
What a haul! This new company utilizing scratchies in an attempt to boost their business is simply more testament to how incredible popular this game seems to be! Over the Christmas period in particular there were a lot of companies using scratch cards as gifts to their customers and clients and I recently saw a report of an African food company using scratchies to drive more customers to purchase their sacks of rice! These are a great way to try and secure some repeat business, as we all know how thrilling the chances of an instant win can be Looks like we are not the only ones!
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