How To Steal A Winning Ticket At The Melbourne Cup

Today, countless Australians will be taking a punt on the Melbourne Cup. As has become mandatory in this narcissistic era, a bunch of people will also be posting celebratory pics of their betting slip on social media. In related news, it’s a good day to be a thief.

It’s Evil Week at Lifehacker, which means we’re looking into less-than-seemly methods for getting shit done. We like to think we’re shedding light on these tactics as a way to help you do the opposite, but if you are, in fact, evil, you might find this week unironically helpful. That’s up to you.

The following ‘tip’ was sent through by a professional gambler who is of the opinion that people this stupid don’t deserve to keep their winnings:

You can scan winning TAB ticket bar codes from your phone at terminals in the pub. Wait for the Melbourne Cup to race and then find images of winning tickets on social media (with bar code) by searching for the hashtags #winning #trifecta #winninghorsename – just scan and collect.


We’re not actually recommending anyone do this. Rather, we present this information in the hope that you won’t be silly enough to post your full betting slip online before you cash it in. Seriously, don’t be an idiot. That smug post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can wait.

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