David Hoing Wins Top Prize of $50,000 Playing the "Black Pearls" Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - One Waterloo man purchased two "Black Pearls" scratch tickets, and when the first one was a $5 winner he never dreamed the second ticket would reveal the top prize.
David Hoing, 53, said he never thought he'd win twice in a row, once on each ticket, let alone win the top prize of $50,000.
"It was a lot of luck. The first one won five bucks and I thought, 'Well, you don't win two in a row' and I guess I was wrong!" Hoing said.
Hoing scratched the ticket in his car before going to work that morning at the University of Iowa Library. He said it was difficult to make it through the rest of the day.
"I called virtually half of the known planet," Hoing joked.
In 1999 Hoing won a $100,000 prize playing Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game, so he said it wasn't too hard to convince people of his win this time around.
"I guess I have a reputation of being pretty lucky in the lottery," Hoing said.
He joked his next goal is to win big playing Powerball. Hoing said he chose the Black Pearls ticket because he liked how it looked. As far as advice for other players, Hoing said it's all about knowing the limits.
"Don't go there expecting to get rich, just go there expecting to have fun," he said.
Hoing claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He purchased his winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 306 Byron St. in Waterloo.
Hoing said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills as well as take his wife on a trip to Las Vegas.