Lottery winner threw out winning £140k ticket thinking it was a prank

A young lottery winner was almost about to go frantically looking through her rubbish to find a winning scratchcard after initially believing she was the victim of a cruel prank.

The woman, who has not been named, threw away the Live the Life scratchcard that would have seen her get £140K over five years.

Her boyfriend had bought her a The Lott, Australia’s equivalent to the lottery, scratchcards but believed the winning one was a fake.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the woman said: "My boyfriend surprised me the other day and brought me home a few tickets, and one of them was this ticket.

"When I first scratched it, I thought it didn't win anything, so I just tossed it in the bin."

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The couple, who live on the island of St Helena, were nearly left losing out on the cash but luckily her boyfriend noticed the ticket sat in the bin.

Even though he tried to tell her that it was real, she still was not having any of it and still believed it was a novelty ticket.

The ticket needs to reveal three Live the Life logos in order to claim the grand prize offered for the $5 (around £2.70) ticket.

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She added: "I didn't believe a word he said. I assumed he was just pranking me, or it was some kind of novelty ticket."

According to reports, the boyfriend has the woman read the back of the scratchcard, which she did three times before she realised the win was indeed real.

The winning scratchcard, known as scratch-its there, will see the woman being given a thousand Australian dollars (around £540) every week for five years.

Still in shock over the incident, the woman says she has not yet planned on how she will be spending the money but said she would “definitely” look to use her winning to help her to buy a house.

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