Stacey Wright Wins Top Prize Playing "Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game"
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Des Moines woman nearly overlooked her $100,000-winning "Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game" ticket because she had her dates confused.
Stacey Wright, 35, said she thought she had purchased a ticket for the May 16 Cash Game drawing, but her ticket was actually for the May 17 drawing which she had matched all five numbers, winning her the top prize.
"I didn't even know! So I was really excited," Wright said.
Wright discovered her win after checking her numbers on the Iowa Lottery's website. When she didn't quite believe it, though, she had the ticket validated at a local retailer.
"I'm just really excited right now. I'm going to get to do a lot of stuff," Wright said. "I'm really in shock. I've never won anything before."
Wright had a good time telling her husband, Amos, and their five children about her win, but she said no one believed her at first. She is currently a full-time student studying to get her criminal justice degree, so she said the winnings will help their family get to do something fun.
"I'm going to take my kids on a vacation," Wright said.
Wright said what she thinks is most bizarre about the win is that her ticket was a free play ticket she won from a previous drawing.
"It made it better," she said with a laugh.
Wright said she enjoys playing the Cash Game periodically because she likes the better odds.
"I don't play a lot, but I like the games that are only in Iowa," she said. "This really came in handy right now. I'm just grateful, really grateful."
Wright claimed her prize May 19 at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines. She purchased her winning ticket at Quik Trip, 3941 S.E. 14th St. in Des Moines.
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.
Wright matched all five numbers in the May 17 Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game drawing to win her $100,000 prize. The winning numbers that day were: 10-15-17-24-28.