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Winner only bought lottery ticket to meet minimum purchase requirement

A Lockyer Valley, Queensland, Australia, woman said she only purchased the scratch-off ticket that won her a $10,000 jackpot because she had to meet a minimum to use her payment card at the store. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
A Lockyer Valley, Queensland, Australia, woman said she only purchased the scratch-off ticket that won her a $10,000 jackpot because she had to meet a minimum to use her payment card at the store. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 18 (UPI) -- An Australian woman who won a $10,000 lottery jackpot said she only bought the ticket so she could meet the minimum purchase total to use a payment card.

The woman, a veterinarian from Lockyer Valley, Queensland, told The Lott officials she was at the Gatton News, Gifts and Stationary store when she ended up buying the ticket.

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"I was in the store buying something else, and I needed to spend $5 to meet the minimum card payment, so I glanced over at the scratchies and saw the cute ticket with sheep on a roller coaster," the woman said.

"I thought to myself, 'I'm a vet, so I should buy the ticket with an animal on it.' I got the first one off the roll," she recalled.

The $1 Sheep Thrills ticket earned the player a $10,000 jackpot.

The woman said the win was well-timed.

"It's just a blessing right before Christmas! I've already used it to do a little bit of shopping," she said. "I've bought a few treats to pamper myself with, but I'll be responsible with the rest of it. I'm going to put it towards a house deposit.

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"It's shaved a year off my five-year goal to own a house, so that's incredible!"

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