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Davenport Man Discovers $100,000 Win During Routine Errands

Jack Matson Wins Top Prize Playing "Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game"

Eileen and Jack Matson   Hear Jack tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Davenport man went out to the post office Monday morning and discovered he'd won the top prize of $100,000 playing "Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game."

Jack Matson, 79, said he usually checks his lotto tickets on Wednesdays, but since he was out he decided to stop at his local retailer and have his tickets checked then.

"I thought, 'Oh I'll just go in and check my numbers,'" Matson said. "And low and behold…"

Matson said even the clerk who validated his ticket wasn't expecting to see he'd won a $100,000 prize.

"It just did not dawn on her that it would a hundred thousand dollars. Loud enough for everyone to hear she said, 'He won a hundred thousand!'" Matson said.

Matson's wife, Eileen, was waiting for him at home. Knowing that he'd have to claim his prize at the lottery's office in Cedar Rapids, Matson asked Eileen if she'd like to take a trip.

"I said, 'Do you want to go to Cedar Rapids today?' And she said, 'Why?' And I said, 'Oh, I thought we'd just go up.' And then I said, 'I won a hundred thousand dollars!'" Matson said.

Matson claimed his prize Monday, the day he discovered his win, at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He said he and Eileen hadn't had the chance to decide what to use the winnings for, so he was planning to put them into savings.

"It was a good weekend," Matson said. "The Hawkeyes finally won basketball and the Packers won. And here I win a hundred thousand. What more could I ask for?"

Matson purchased his winning ticket at Fareway, 1635 W. 53rd St. in Davenport.

Players in Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game choose five numbers from a pool of 35. Tickets in the game cost $1 and drawings are held at 6:28 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The odds of winning the game's top prize are 1 in 324,632.

Matson matched all five numbers in the Jan. 21 $100,000 Cash Game drawing to win his $100,000 prize. The winning numbers that day were: 1-10-22-25-35.

Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at or through the winning numbers' hot line at (515) 323-4633. Winning numbers may also be checked with lottery retail outlets or by calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.