Kevin Klein Wins Prize Playing "$35 Million Cash Spectacular" Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - A former Fort Dodge resident won a $10,000 prize playing the lottery's "$35 Million Cash Spectacular" instant-scratch game.
Kevin Klein from Austin, Texas, grew up in Fort Dodge and was on his way to a reunion in Fort Dodge when the family stopped to get drinks.
"We were driving up from Kansas City for a family reunion and a class reunion and we stopped at the store," he said. "We went in to buy a couple of waters. As I was checking out, a guy come up behind me and said he would take a number 6."
Not knowing what a number 6 was, Klein asked the clerk and she told him it was a lottery ticket. So he purchased two $35 Million Cash Spectacular tickets. Later on, Klein asked his two daughters to scratch the tickets while they were driving.
"The first one scratched the first one off and she said, 'Dad, we won $15.' I said, 'Well that's great!'" said Klein, 47. "The second one scratched off the second one and said, 'I think we won $10,000.' Of course, I thought she was kidding."
Klein had his wife, Terry, check the ticket and was pretty surprised by what she'd seen.
"She said, 'Kevin, I think she's serious. I think we won $10,000!'" he said. "That's when we found out that we'd actually won."
Klein was able to share the news with his entire family at their reunion. Everyone was happy and excited for him and his family.
"So I ended up paying for all the food this time," laughed Klein. "I'm happy to do it."
On his way back to Texas, Klein claimed his prize Monday at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. He purchased his winning ticket at Bouton Fuel Stop, 13780 N Ave. in Bouton.
The $35 Million Cash Spectacular is a $10 game. Players who match any of "their numbers" to any "winning number" on their ticket win the prize shown for that play area. If they find a "star" symbol, they win the prize shown instantly. The overall odds of winning in the game are about 1 in 3.
Klein said his oldest daughter had already put in her request.
"The oldest is vying for a car, but I think we'll probably put it towards her college fund," he said.
"It's kind of fun. We were having a good time," said Klein. "It's not every day you win that kind of money."