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Clinton Man Tries New Game, Wins $15,000 Prize

John Spitzer Wins Top Prize Playing "Cash Vault" Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Clinton man decided to pick up a couple "Cash Vault" instant-scratch tickets when he stopped for soda and a snack on his break and ended up winning the top prize.

John Spitzer, 40, said he usually plays the lottery's "Crossword" scratch game, but wanted to try something new. He just never thought he'd end up with a $15,000 prize.

"I must not have scratched it off all the way because I thought I only won five thousand," Spitzer said.

Spitzer's boss at the ADM alcohol plant in Clinton was with him when he scratched the ticket.

"I didn't even know if I won at first, so I go over to my foreman and say, 'Take a look at this. Did I win?'" Spitzer said. "And he looks at it and goes, 'Oh my gosh you won five thousand dollars!'"

Spitzer said when he finished scratching the ticket he realized he'd actually won the top prize. He said his boss asked him if he was going to take the rest of the day off to celebrate, but he elected to finish out the day.

The next person Spitzer told was his wife.

"She was like, 'You're lying!'" he said.

Spitzer said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills and plans to save the rest for a trip with his family this summer.

Spitzer claimed his prize Tuesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He purchased his winning ticket at Porter's, 1512 Lincolnway in Clinton.