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Des Moines County Man Loses Sleep Over $25,000 Win

Gabriel Shirkey Wins Top Prize Playing "Bingo Night" Scratch Game

Gabriel Shirkey and Lee Anne Lear
  Hear Gabriel tell his story.

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.