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    three what?

    Could you help me with the following problem? Thank you in advance.
    I don't know the meaning of the underlined part. Three should be followed by a plural, but there's not any plural noun.


    Twenty-five-year-old Alison works as a petrol pump assistant. She is a single mother looking after her toddler and is finding it a challenge to support herself and her child on her low salary.
    When she found a lottery scratch-and-win card that has three matching “$75, 000” square revealed, she could have claimed the prize money.
    The thought did occur in her mind for a moment, like many temptations that flit in and out of our minds. But Alison lived by some principles, one of them being “honesty is the best policy.”

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    Re: three what?

    It should be three squares.

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    Re: three what?

    . . .and it should be '...that had three matching $75,000 (no space after the comma) squares...'

    Rover

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    Re: three what?

    Thank you very much, SoothingDave and Rover. And could you tell me why 'matching' is used here? What does it mean? Is the prize money 3x$75,000, that is, $225,000?

    Thank you again.

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    Re: three what?

    The subject is a type of lottery ticket that you have to scratch off certain areas on the ticket. On this particular game, if you reveal three symbols that are the same, you win that prize. In this case, three symbols that said "$75,000" were revealed.

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