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Cedar Rapids Woman Sees Lots Of Zeroes On Her Winning Scratch Ticket

Sharon Kempton Wins $50,000 Top Prize In 'Mike's Picks' Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids woman said she played her "Mike's Picks" instant- scratch ticket and couldn't believe what she saw.

"I made three people look at it to make sure I was not seeing things," said Sharon Kempton, 49.

Kempton claimed the fifth of nine top prizes of $50,000 available in the Mike's Picks game. She claimed her prize Monday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Kempton said she purchased her winning ticket Friday out of a lottery vending machine at Hy-Vee, 3235 Oakland Road NE in Cedar Rapids. She said she chose the Mike's Picks ticket because she has had some recent success playing that game.

She scratched off her ticket at home the same day. When she found out that she had won a big lottery prize, Kempton said she had a hard time convincing her husband, Tim, that it was real.

"He didn't believe me," she said.

Kempton also shared her good news with her three grown children.

"They couldn't believe it either," she said.

Kempton, who works at Lowe's® Home Improvement, said she hasn't decided how she'll spend her lottery winnings, but a new RV and a vacation are the early favorites.

Mike's Picks is a $5 scratch game. Tickets in the game feature expert collectibles picker and television personality Mike Wolfe, and the rooster-emblazoned logo from his Antique Archaeology stores in Nashville, Tenn. and LeClaire. Lottery players try to win a prize by matching any of "Your Numbers" to any "Mike's Winning Picks" numbers in the play area on each ticket. Those who find a rooster symbol win double the prize shown. The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.74.

Four top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Mike's Picks, as well as 68 prizes of $1,000, 82 prizes of $200 and 152 prizes of $100.

Those who don't win a cash prize can enter their nonwinning tickets from the game into the Mike’s Picks promotion for a chance to win a trip to Nashville or LeClaire and products from Iowa companies.

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 June 30 and the promotion's drawings are set for July 1.

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