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Sioux City Man's Altered Schedule Leads To Good Luck

Marc Ferris Wins Top Prize Playing "Cash To Go" Scratch Game

Marc Ferris
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Sioux City man said his altered schedule led him to stop for a "Cash To Go" instant-scratch ticket and he ended up winning the top prize of $20,000.

Marc Ferris, 54, said he was supposed to have a meeting Friday night, but it was postponed until Saturday. Saturday morning Ferris won $8 on a scratch ticket. Remembering his luck, Ferris stopped for another ticket on his way to the meeting that evening and was shocked to win a $20,000 prize.

"I was in the store when I scratched it off and the clerk was pretty excited. I just didn't know what to say; I was just shocked," Ferris said.

Ferris, who works for Bomgaars Warehouse, said his luck continued after that. After making a church donation, Ferris had an extra $1 to spend on a scratch ticket and ended up with a $25 win with that purchase.

"I won three times in one day! I scratched it off and more zeros kept appearing and I just couldn't believe it," he said.

Ferris has had the chance to tell his children and some extended family about his big win. He said they've all been very excited.

Ferris said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills as well as help his daughter pay for medical school and her upcoming wedding.

He claimed his prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake. Ferris purchased his winning ticket at Casey's, 111 Gaul Drive in Sergeant Bluff.