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Initial $5 Win Leads To $30,000 Lottery Prize For Hancock County Man

Brent Willis Of Klemme Wins Top Prize In "Lucky Lines" Scratch Game

  Hear Brent tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Hancock County man said that after he won a $5 prize in one of the Iowa Lottery's scratch games, he decided to buy another ticket and that led to much bigger winnings.

Brent Willis of Klemme won the top prize of $30,000 in the "Lucky Lines" instant-scratch game. He bought his winning ticket at the Klemme Townmart, 200 E. Main in Klemme.

Willis said he thought Lucky Lines looked like a fun game when he first saw the tickets in the Townmart on June 18, so he bought one and won $5.

"If I wouldn't have won the $5, I probably wouldn't have gotten more the next day," Willis said. "But since I thought it was a fun ticket, I bought two more and one of them was the one!"

Willis, 22, who works in collections, said he scratched his winning ticket at home and immediately turned to his wife afterwards, saying, "Honey, I think I just won $30,000."

"And of course she didn't believe me, so she tried to get the ticket out of my hand," Willis said as he claimed his prize Wednesday at the lottery's regional office in Mason City. "And I didn't want her to rip it so of course I just gave it up. And she looked at it and she said, 'You're right. I can't believe it, you won!'"

Willis said much of his prize winnings will be used to pay student loans.

"I just finished up with college about six months ago, so a good chunk of it is going to go to student loans and then put some in savings," he said.