AFL grand final golden ticket giveaway: Gut feel led to grand prize

Michael Traill & Brianna DuganThe West Australian
Linda & Nevin Watson with their grandchildren Chase (9) & Jackson (4) who are golden ticket winners and are off to the AFL grand final.
Camera IconLinda & Nevin Watson with their grandchildren Chase (9) & Jackson (4) who are golden ticket winners and are off to the AFL grand final. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian

Nedlands grandmother Linda Watson became the latest West Aussie to win big with free tickets to Saturday’s grand final yesterday and it was all thanks to a gut feeling.

Having already read an online edition of The West Australian yesterday morning, Mrs Watson said she had a lucky feeling, sparking an impromptu decision to buy a physical copy, in the hopes of winning The West Australian's golden ticket competition.

Mrs Watson could not believe her eyes when she discovered she had won a family pass to the historic AFL showpiece at Optus Stadium, after finding a highly sought-after golden ticket. .

She had already bought two papers hoping to claim a family pass, but thought she would try once more.

“I was feeling lucky, so I went and bought another paper. . . and it was in there. I’m very, very excited.”

Ms Watson said she would be taking footy-mad grandsons Chase, 9, and Jackson, 4, to see their first ever live AFL match — who will join their grandfather Nevin on Saturday.

The group, who are West Coast and Fremantle fans, will be hoping the Melbourne Demons claim their first premiership since 1964.

“I don’t think Chase could believe it,” Mrs Watson said.

“I face-timed him when he got home from school and said ‘look at this’.

“He’s very excited and very happy.”

Chase told The West Australian he felt “pretty good about watching the Demons play the Bulldogs. . . I like the Demons better”.

Superstition, inspired by the golden ticket competition’s first recipient Brett Wilkinson, nearly prevented Mrs Watson from choosing the winning newspaper copy.

The Geraldton man told The Sunday Times he had fortunately gone for the second paper on a newspaper stack because the top one was crinkled.

“I almost got the second one underneath because I read about the gentleman what took the second one,” Mrs Watson said.

“But I thought ‘no, take the one off the top’.

“That was very lucky because it almost changed my mind.”

Dad-of-six Allan Boot also found a golden ticket in a copy of yesterday’s The West Australian. Mr Boot said he is “beyond stoked” to be able to go to the “once in a lifetime game”.

WA’s biggest grand final giveaway, thanks to The West Australian and The Sunday Times, runs until tomorrow.

All you have to do is pick up a copy of the paper and look inside.

Plus, to be part of a second chance draw for any unclaimed tickets, go to and register by 4pm on Wednesday.

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