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Western Iowa Woman In Disbelief After Winning $25,000 Lottery Prize

Cindy Holloway Wins Top Prize Playing 'Holiday Bingo' Scratch Game

Cindy Holloway   Hear Cindy tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A western Iowa woman said she initially missed one of the spaces she could have played on her lottery scratch ticket - and it made for a huge surprise when she checked to see the prize she'd won.

Cindy Holloway of Exira said she thought she'd won $500 on her "Holiday Bingo" scratch ticket, but in reality, she'd won one of the game's top prizes of $25,000.

"I missed the free spot," she said. "I never scratch those."

Holloway, 53, said she thought she'd matched the four corners on one of the bingo cards in the play area on her ticket, but she'd made a mistake. By uncovering the "free" spot, Holloway's ticket then matched eight numbers in an "X" pattern on the ticket, which meant she'd won the game's top prize. She claimed the second of nine top prizes of $25,000 available in Holiday Bingo.

"I couldn't believe it," she said. "It's not sunk in yet."

She purchased her winning ticket Tuesday at Casey's, 312 W. Washington St. in Exira. She said she knew she had a winning ticket that night, but she wanted to show her husband, John, before she claimed her prize.

After John, a truck driver, saw her winning ticket, Holloway claimed her prize Thursday at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.

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

Holloway, who works from home, hasn't decided how she'll spend her lottery winnings.

Holiday Bingo is a $2 scratch game. Players try to win a prize by matching numbers in any complete horizontal, vertical or diagonal line, four corners, or an "X" pattern in the shaded box patterns in the play area on each ticket. Players win a $25,000 top prize by matching numbers in an "X" pattern on "Card 4" in the playing area. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.57.

Seven top prizes of $25,000 are still up for grabs in Holiday Bingo, as well as 14 prizes of $2,500, 27 prizes of $500, 59 prizes of $250 and hundreds of prizes of $150.

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