Gabriel Shirkey Wins Top Prize Playing "Bingo Night" Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - After making a routine stop at a local convenience store, a Des Moines County man's girlfriend talked him into buying a "Bingo Night" scratch ticket and he won the top prize.
Gabriel Shirkey, 33, of Middletown, said he didn't get much sleep the night after discovering his $25,000 prize.
"We went home and scratched it off, and I just went nuts!" Shirkey said. "I thought it had to be a fluke."
Shirkey, who works as an electrician, and his girlfriend, Lee Anne Lear, immediately took the ticket to a retailer to have it validated.
"We had them run it through and we jumped up and down and screamed a little bit in there," Shirkey explained as he claimed his prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He bought his winning ticket at Hy-Vee Gas, 3140 Agency St. in Burlington.
Shirkey said he and Lear have told a few of their close friends and family and said they've all been very excited.
Shirkey said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills.