Press Room

Pottawattamie County Man Wins $25,000 Lottery Prize While On Trip

Timothy Todd Wins Top Prize Playing "Magic Line Bingo" Scratch Game

Timothy Todd
  Hear Timothy tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Pottawattamie County man said he never thought he'd win a $25,000 lottery prize while taking his son on a college tour for the weekend.

Timothy Todd, 49, said he has two children in college and one planning to start, so he and his family took a trip to Sioux City for the weekend for a college visit. But when Todd purchased a couple of "Magic Line Bingo" tickets for something to do while the family was out shopping, he was in for a big surprise.

"I went back to the motel room by myself and started scratching them," Todd said. "The first one was the winner and at first I thought it was five hundred but then I saw it was an 'X' and it was $25,000!"

Todd said when he regained his composure he sent a photo of the winning ticket to his wife and daughter to tell them about the news.

"I sat around there numb for a while. They didn't believe it!" Todd said.

After a while, Todd walked back to the Casey's at 4701 S. Hills Drive in Sioux City where he purchased the ticket to have it validated.

"Sure enough that was the winner," he said.

Todd, who is from Carson, said he randomly chooses the lottery scratch games he plays, but has been lucky playing Magic Line Bingo lately so that's why he chose that ticket.

"Everybody's pretty excited when they believe me. I didn't even believe it until I came here today!" Todd said as the claimed his prize March 21 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs.

Todd works for the Pottawattamie County Roads Department. He said he plans to use some of his winnings toward his children's college education.