All you need is a coin. A 2 pence piece probably works best but it you're really desperate, really determined and focussed, really addicted, a fingernail will do. or a pen lid. In fact anything with a reasonably sharp, sturdy edge.
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I then watch her leave her little one (who is about 18 months old) in the pushchair, leg it to the cash point, then leg it to the shop to get... another handful of scratchcards.
She is clearly desperate to win as she furiously scratches away... maybe it's her birthday, maybe she's feeling lucky. Something tells me not. Maybe she's just plain desperate and quite possibly addicted.
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