Loretta Bailey Wins Big Prize Playing the '10X Cash' Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Fort Madison woman was excited to win a $10,000 prize on the Iowa Lottery's "10X Cash" instant-scratch ticket.
"I'm very happy," said Loretta Bailey, 80. "I'm always thinking, 'Oh gosh if I just hit something like $100 it would be really thrilling.'"
Bailey, a widow, claimed the third of nine prizes of $10,000 available in the 10X Cash game. She claimed her prize Wednesday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.
Bailey, who is retired, said she was "thrilled" to have a winning ticket, but was in "disbelief" when she found out how much she had won.
"When I got over there and scratched off the dollar sign and the 10 and saw the comma behind the 10 I said, 'I don't believe this.' I just sat there and said that," she said. "Finally I called my daughter in Texas and said, 'I don't believe this.' And she said, 'What's going on Mom?' When I told her she just flipped out."
Bailey purchased her winning ticket Tuesday at Hy-Vee, 2606 Avenue. L in Fort Madison. She said she was excited to tell her 93-year-old friend who she took grocery shopping that day.
"She said, 'Now girl you better go get that checked somewhere,'" Bailey said.
Bailey said she had her son double-check her ticket to confirm she had a winning one.
Bailey said she enjoys playing 10X Cash, but she hadn't previously won a big prize on the game.
"I said, 'Where is the 10 times? I would really like to see the 10 times,'" she said. "I kept saying that over and over and I get to the (last row), there's no 10X, but there's two 26s - they matched. And then I said, 'Well finally!'"
Bailey said she plans to use her lottery winnings to purchase an awning for her porch and fix up the windows in her house.
"10X Cash" is a $10 scratch game. Players scratch the three different games and bonus areas in the play area on each ticket, trying to uncover matching numbers and symbols or a "10X" symbol to win a prize. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.24.
Four top prizes of $100,000 are still up for grabs in 10X Cash, as well as six prizes of $10,000 and thousands of prizes from $100 to $1,000.Return to top↑