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Marion Man Wins First $100,000 Prize Playing "Red Hot Cherries" Game

Andrew Kemmerer Wins Top Prize Playing "Red Hot Cherries" Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Marion man decided to try the Iowa Lottery's new "Red Hot Cherries" instant-scratch game and ended up winning the very first top prize of $100,000.

Andrew Kemmerer, 42, said he stopped into the Hy-Vee Gas Station at 3935 Blairs Ferry Road in Cedar Rapids when he saw the new ticket.

"I was just scratching it and I was like, 'That's not right. No,'" Kemmerer said.

Kemmerer said he couldn't believe what he was seeing so he thought about going out to the car to retrieve his glasses, but then decided to have the clerk validate the ticket for him.

"I said, 'Just run it through that machine and see what happens' and it kicked out this little thing!" he said.

Kemmerer said everyone who was in the store at the time was ecstatic.

"They just couldn't believe it," he said.

Kemmerer said he's also told his parents as well as other friends and family about his win.

"[My parents] were screaming," Kemmerer said.

Kemmerer, who is a manager at Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay off his student loans.

Kemmerer claimed his prize Jan. 19 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.