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Sioux City Man's Dreams of Owning A Business Come True With $50,000 Win

Greg Tracy Wins Top Prize Playing "Double Blackjack Double Play" Scratch Game

Greg Tracy
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Sioux City man said after discovering his $50,000 "Double Blackjack Double Play" win, he can finally complete his dream of finishing school and opening up his own auto mechanic and auto body shop.

Greg Tracy, 35, said he'd been making plans to return to school but wasn't sure how he was going to arrange his finances. So when he discovered he'd won the top prize playing one of his favorite games, he knew exactly what he'd use the money for.

"Once I get my reputation out there I want to get a nice-sized building and split it in half; one side for auto mechanics and one for auto body," Tracy said. "This will help out tremendously."

Tracy was on his way to his current job at Goode To Go convenience store when he stopped at Casey's, 3731 Hamilton Blvd. in Sioux City to pick up a few tickets. Since he was early for work, Tracy scratched the tickets before his shift started.

"I kind of dropped my mouth and looked at the cook and said, 'Please tell me I'm seeing this right,'" Tracy said.

The first person Tracy called to tell was his dad, who came to get the ticket from him so it could be validated.

"After he got it checked, I went to see the cashier," Tracy said. "My dad said she kind of went nuts when she saw it."

Tracy said along with returning to school, he plans to use some of his winnings to purchase a newer vehicle and pay bills.

Tracy claimed his prize March 28 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs.