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Clear Lake Man Wins $25,000 Lottery Prize

Leon Smith Wins Top Prize of $25,000 Playing "The Silver Ticket" Scratch Game

Leon Smith

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Clear Lake man won the top prize of $25,000 playing the lottery's "The Silver Ticket" instant-scratch game.

Leon Smith claimed his prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City. He purchased his winning ticket at Quick Shop, 904 N. Eighth St. in Clear Lake.

The Silver Ticket is a $5 scratch game commemorating the Iowa Lottery's 25th anniversary. Players win a prize by matching any of "Your Numbers" to any "Winning Numbers." If players reveal a "$$" symbol, they win double that prize. In the Bonus areas, if players reveal a prize amount, they win that amount instantly.

If players do not win an instant prize, they can use their nonwinning ticket like a coupon at Iowa events, businesses and attractions. A complete list of the special discount offers available to Silver Ticket customers is available on the Iowa Tourism Office Web site at New offers will be available at the beginning of each month.

The Iowa Lottery is also running a summer contest called "Silver Ticket Cash Stops." The Iowa Lottery will hold a contest for a total of $1,000 in cash prizes at each of the 25 must-see events listed on the Lottery's and Tourism's Web sites. Players use their nonwinning The Silver Ticket tickets for a chance at prizes of $500, $250, $150 and $100 at each event.