Lisa Bunston of La Porte City said her husband, Zachary, stopped at Pronto, 7305 La Porte Road in Washburn on Monday after work and purchased a 10X scratch ticket on a suggestion from a store clerk.
“I guess the guy at the counter told him that those were new tickets and that he bought one and it wasn’t a winner,” Bunston said.
“So my husband was kind of joking around with him and he’s like, ‘Oh, one less losing ticket in there.’”
Zachary scratched off his ticket and found the game’s first $10,000 top prize. He immediately sent a text message to his wife, but she initially didn’t believe him.
“I thought he was joking,” Lisa told lottery employees Tuesday as she claimed the prize at the lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids.
Lisa, 27, and Zachary, 32, say they plan to save a majority of their winnings.
The $2 10X scratch game began sales Monday. Players win a prize by matching any of “Your Numbers” to either “Winning Number.” If a player reveals the “10X” symbol, he or she wins 10 times the prize shown for that symbol. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.52.
The lottery’s 10X game is part of a new series of games that have a similar look, feel and gameplay, but vary in size, cost and prizes offered. The price point and top prize increase with the multiplier number indicated in the game’s name. For example, players can win up to $10,000 playing the $2 10X game, but can win up to $50,000 playing the $5 “20X” game.
Nine top prizes of $10,000 are still up for grabs in 10X, as well as 307 prizes of $300 and 660 prizes of $150.
Players who don’t win an instant cash prize on any of the four eligible multiplier games, 5X, 10X, 15X or 20X, can enter their nonwinning tickets online into the “Sun Time Fun Time” promotion for a chance to win a tent camper, a pontoon boat, a fishing boat, or $500 cash.
To enter the Play It Again® promotion, Iowa Lottery players must join or already be members of the lottery’s free VIP Club. Entries can be made through noon on Sept. 2 and the promotion’s drawings are set for Sept. 4. For rules and complete details, visit www.ialottery.com.
Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.2 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.5 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.
Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.