You might want to sit down if you are going to read this.
It all began a long, long time ago......(insert wiggly lines and
harp strumming here for flash back effect)
...My father is a wildlife lecturer and his job involves taking
around animals, mounted and live, to schools and teaching children about
them. In the school holiday periods he often has displays in shopping centres/malls to promote the complex and bring in holidaying, bored
kids. It was during one of these displays that my Scratch ticket
collection was kicked off. It was about 1989, I was around 11 years old,
and my dad had a display in ‘The Glen’ shopping centre, Victoria,
Australia. This was in the days when there were only about 20 shops and
a supermarket there, now there’s hundreds of shops and a few
My dad used to get me to help him set up his display and some times
get me to hold lizards and show people and answer questions. I can’t
say I really liked this too much but I seemed to get roped into it.
It was nearing the end of the 10am – 4pm display stint and I was
getting pretty bored. It was Friday, we’d been there all week and I’d
already visited the 20 shops many times.
My Nana turned up unexpectedly and she had brought along my 2
cousins. That was very exciting as we used to get up to so much mischief
together. The eldest one is 9 days younger than me and the second one is
2 years or so younger. They were like brothers to me as I am an only
child in my family.
Well wouldn’t you know it. Nana got caught up talking and the 3 of
us started to get bored! Out of no where one of us came up with the idea
(probably me) ‘lets check all the scratched tickets and see if there
are any winners on them!’.
The lottery shop was right next to the display so we didn’t have to
run off or anything. It really was the logical thing to do in the
As we started we decided to split any winnings 3 ways between us. I
think that was my idea too, as I was worried that they would find a big
winner and I’d get nothing.
Well we started and found nothing. The eldest cousin started going
through the top of the bin and pulled out a few more. Great idea! To
speed up the checking process I sat there and checked them and the
cousin kept looking for them. We got a couple of different
tickets turning up. ‘Lets see how many different ones we can get!’ I
kept checking and before I knew it the eldest cousin was almost head
first in the rubbish bin and pulling out heaps of tickets. I was a bit
embarrassed but certainly wasn’t complaining. We’d gone through a
lot of tickets and hadn’t found a winner but found 4 or 5 different
tickets. All of a sudden as I checked the ticket $2.00, $2.00 &
$2.00. No it couldn’t be! My heart started pounding, ‘check it again’
I thought. $2.00, $2.00 & $2.00, we’ve found a winner! I can’t
believe it. We’ve found a winner! "Look guys, We’ve found a