Amanda Martinez Wins Top Prize of $50,000 Playing "The Black Ticket" Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Muscatine woman discovered she'd won the top prize of $50,000 playing the lottery's new "The Black Ticket" scratch game after leaving the tickets in her purse for several days.
Amanda Martinez, 31, said between a broken washing machine, a sick husband and other errands she just didn't think about scratching her tickets until several days after she bought them.
"I was scratching them off and was just kind of in disbelief," Martinez said.
Martinez, who is a homemaker, said she chose to try The Black Ticket because she is an Iowa Hawkeye fan and the ticket is black and gold. Her husband, Jose, was home sick when she scratched the ticket.
"He was ecstatic, but I think he didn't believe me," she said. "He was just so tickled but he was so sick he couldn't get up and run around the house with me."
Martinez has also told her two children about the win as well and said neither of them could believe it.
Martinez said she plans to use some of her winnings to replace her broken washing machine, as well as take a short vacation to Mexico to visit Jose's family.
Martinez claimed her prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. She purchased her winning ticket at Kum & Go, 709 Grandview Ave. in Muscatine.