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Hamilton County Woman Celebrates $25,000 Lottery Win

Kelly Wallen Wins Top Prize Playing "Magic Line Bingo" Scratch Game

Kelly Wallen   Hear Kelly tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Hamilton County woman said her idea that no one ever really wins the top prize on lottery games was proven wrong recently.

Kelly Wallen, 32, said she likes to play the lottery's "Magic Line Bingo" instant-scratch game every now and then for fun, but never dreamed she'd win the top prize of $25,000.

"O-65 came up and I thought, 'Oh man, I got four corners! Holy moly, I won $25,000!' And that was that," Wallen said.

Wallen was home with her husband, Matthew, her brother-in-law, Mark, and her three children when she discovered her win; she said she couldn't contain her excitement.

"I was like, 'I really won!' So we went over it again and it was right and I went, 'Whew!'" she said.

Wallen said when she realized what she'd won she started shaking and couldn't stand still.

"I couldn't contain myself at all. I was screaming and shaking," Wallen said. Wallen said she still felt nervous even when she claimed her prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City.

"I didn't believe people actually won the top dollar amount," Wallen said. "I was like, 'Holy wow, they really do win.' And I'm very excited about that."

After telling her immediate family, Wallen called her mom to tell her the big news.

"At 6 o'clock this morning when I told her she said, 'What? You won what? Twenty-five dollars? And you're calling me?' And I said, 'No, 25,000!'" Wallen said. "And she said, 'Twenty-five thousand! I need more coffee.'"

Wallen, who is from Kamrar, said her husband called everyone on his contact list in his phone; and since they're from a small town, she figures word will spread quickly.

"It's a very small town, population of about 261, so I'm pretty sure half the town knows," Wallen joked.

Wallen works as an assistant manager for McDonald's in Webster City. She said she plans to use some of her winnings to help her parents remodel their bathroom. She also plans to use some of the money to take her family on vacation.

Wallen purchased her winning ticket at Doc's Stop, 407 Closz Drive in Webster City.