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Co-Worker's Suggestion To Buy Scratch Tickets Pays Off For A Northern Iowa Man

Matthew Spangenberg Wins $100,000 Top Prize In New "Big Money Multiplier" Scratch Game

Matthew Spangenberg   Hear Matthew tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A northern Iowa man purchased some instant-scratch tickets on a suggestion from a co-worker and ended up winning a $100,000 top prize.

Matthew Spangenberg of Hampton and a co-worker stopped at Casey's, 702 E. Gilman St. in Sheffield, before work Friday morning and bought some scratch tickets. Spangenberg, 34, said he scratched off his "Big Money Multiplier" ticket inside the store and knew he had won big.

"There was like five or six people in the gas station and I'm jumping for joy," he said. "I knew right away."

Spangenberg said it has been several months since he last played a lottery game, but his co-worker suggested that they play a scratch ticket before work.

"It's been at least six months since I bought a scratch ticket and then sure enough I spend 10 bucks this morning and I won," Spangenberg told lottery employees as he claimed his prize Friday at the lottery's regional office in Mason City.

Unfortunately, the co-worker didn't win a prize on his scratch ticket, Spangenberg said.

"He put his head down, said, 'Congratulations,' and went to work," he said.

Spangenberg works at Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield. After winning a big lottery prize, Spangenberg said he took the day off work and immediately called everyone he knew to share his good news.

"I called everybody at 5:30 in the morning and woke them up," he said.

Spangenberg said he hasn't decided yet how he'll spend his winnings. House repairs and a new vehicle are strong possibilities, though.

"It's a terrible problem," he said. "I have to spend a lot of time figuring out how I'm going to spend that much money."

Big Money Multiplier is a $10 scratch game. If a player reveals three identical symbols in the same row, he or she wins the corresponding prize for that row. If a player reveals a "star" symbol, he or she wins double the prize shown for that row automatically. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 2.97.

Five top prizes of $100,000 are still up for grabs in Big Money Multiplier, as well as 11 prizes of $5,000, 115 prizes of $500 and thousands of prizes of $200 and $100.

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