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Linn County Man Picks The Right Ticket, Wins $100,000 Lottery Prize

Bryce Schweitzer Wins Top Prize in 'Blazing Hot 7s Game Book' Scratch Game

Bryce Schweitzer   Hear Bryce tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Linn County man used the prize money he had won on an instant-scratch ticket to purchase another one and the decision paid off to the tune of $100,000.

Bryce Schweitzer of Hiawatha was on his way to a slow-pitch softball tournament in Minnesota on Friday, and stopped for lunch and gas in Clear Lake. He decided to purchase a Blazing Hot 7s Game Book ticket as well and ended up winning $20. Since he was in Minnesota for the weekend, Schweitzer couldn't redeem his prize until he returned home Sunday.

On Sunday, Schweitzer redeemed his $20 prize at Casey's, 588 Boyson Road NE in Cedar Rapids and used his winnings to purchase another "Blazing Hot 7s Game Book" ticket. Schweitzer played that ticket and ended up winning the ninth of 10 top prizes of $100,000 available in the game.

"I saw that I won. I'm just thinking you know, 25 bucks, 50 bucks or something and then I scratched it off and it was $100,000," he said. "I just kind of sat there and stared at it for about 10 minutes. I couldn't believe it."

Schweitzer, 33, showed his winning ticket to his Dad, who confirmed it was a top prize-winner. He also went to a local convenience store to have his ticket verified.

"It was a little old lady and she got all excited and ran out from behind the counter and gave me a big hug because she was freaking out too," he said.

Schweitzer, a collections specialist, claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He said he plans to pay bills, take a trip and save a majority of his winnings.

Blazing Hot 7s Game Book, a $20 instant-scratch ticket, is the second game book product offered by the lottery. Each ticket in the game is actually a booklet with multiple games spread across six pages. The game's top prize is $100,000 and players can win multiple times in each booklet.

Blazing Hot 7s Game Book tickets will be void if any pages are separated from the book. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 2.52.

One top prize of $100,000 is still up for grabs in Blazing Hot 7s Game Book, along with two prizes of $10,000, 167 prizes of $1,000 and hundreds of prizes from $100 to $500.

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