Alfred Davis Wins Top Prize of $50,000 Playing "The Black Ticket" Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Davenport man said he was overcome with excitement when he won the top prize of $50,000 playing the lottery's "The Black Ticket" over his lunch hour.
Alfred Davis, 46, purchased one of the tickets while on his lunch break from American Logistics, where he's a scales operator.
"I scratched the winning numbers first and on the second row was the winning number, which was thirteen of all numbers," Davis said.
Davis ran to the break room at work and told his coworkers to hear him out.
"I just explained to them what had just happened," Davis said. "Everybody was just happy for me and congratulated me."
Davis said he was too excited to spend the rest of the day at work, so he took the rest of Thursday off to claim his prize at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.
"I donít know if I'm in some sort of delayed shock or what, but I can't believe it!" Davis said.
Davis hadn't told anyone but his coworkers about his win when he claimed his prize, but he was planning to stop and see a friend on his way home, as well as tell his girlfriend when he got home.
"I have the proof now!" Davis said.
Davis said he had played The Black Ticket off and on in the past with no luck, but the day he won his big prize he bought one that won $5. With that $5, he bought his top prize-winning ticket. And on his way to Cedar Rapids he bought another one and won $50.
"It's just crazy," Davis said. "Normally I'm a Pick 3 player. My mom and dad got me started playing Pick 3."
In the past, Davis has won a prize of $3,250 playing Pick 4. He said he does consider himself a lucky person.
"There must be something in the water," Davis joked.
Davis plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills as well as purchase a newer vehicle.
Davis purchased his winning ticket at Pleasant Valley Amoco, 17948 Great River Road in Pleasant Valley.