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Harrison County Woman Loses Sleep Over $250,000 Win

Betty Murphy Wins Top Prize Playing "Cash Bonanza" Scratch Game

Betty Murphy
  Hear Betty tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Harrison County woman said she got no sleep the night she discovered she'd won the top prize of $250,000 playing the lottery's "Cash Bonanza" instant-scratch game.

Betty Murphy, 59, said when she scratched her ticket she had to get her husband, Barney, out of bed to make sure she was seeing things right.

"I hit the number and I'm going, 'Oh gosh, oh gosh!'" Murphy said. "I had to get my husband up out of bed. He couldn't get back to sleep and I didn't sleep that night."

Murphy, who is from Dunlap, said she scratched the ticket late that night and couldn't believe what she'd won.

"I had to double check it to make sure," she said.

Murphy said Cash Bonanza has been one of her favorite tickets and is definitely her favorite now. She said she considers herself a lucky person and has won playing the lottery before. In 2008, she won a $10,000 prize playing the lottery's "$35 Million Cash Spectacular" scratch game.

"Never dreamt I'd win the big one," Murphy said.

Murphy said she hadn't told any of her friends or family yet, but was sure word would spread after she visited her local bank. Murphy claimed her prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs.

"It was very hard. It'll be out this afternoon after we drop the check off at the bank," she said.

Murphy, who is a personal banker in Dunlap, said she plans to save her winnings until after the first of the year, but is thinking about taking a trip.

She purchased her winning ticket at Fillin Station, 720 Iowa Ave. in Dunlap.