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Le Claire Man Wins $50,000 Lottery Prize

Jack Gibbs Wins Top Prize of $50,000 Playing MONOPOLY™ Scratch Ticket

Jack Gibbs   Hear Jack tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Le Claire man said he never expected to win a $50,000 prize while playing a random lottery scratch game.

Jack Gibbs, 71, said he plays all kinds of scratch games, and just happened to choose the "MONOPOLY™" ticket a few days ago when he discovered he'd won a top prize.

"I didn't believe it when I saw the numbers but I had the lady run the numbers on the computer and she verified them," Gibbs said.

Gibbs scratched his ticket while in Slagle's Grocery, 1301 Eagle Ridge Road in Le Claire. He said he was alone, but knew several people in the store.

"I didn't know whether to believe it or not. I didn't get excited until I saw that computer printout," Gibbs said.

Gibbs said he's told most of his family and friends about his big win.

"Le Claire is a small town, so when you win something like this, they know it before you even get home," Gibbs said with a laugh.

Gibbs said people are reluctant to believe him at first because he likes to joke around, but he's been showing them his proof.

"When they do [believe me] their mouths hang open and they say, 'Well, you got lucky this time!'" Gibbs said. "It just so happened my number came up."

Gibbs plans to use some of his winnings to do home renovations as well as purchase a newer car.

Gibbs, who is retired, claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

MONOPOLY is a $5 scratch game. Players win a prize by matching any of "your numbers" to any of the "winning numbers." If they find the "top hat" symbol they win double the prize shown. There are also three bonus areas where players can win $10, $25 or $50 instantly.

Sixteen top prizes are still up for grabs in MONOPOLY as well as 241 prizes of $1,000, more than 950 prizes of $200 and more than 2,400 prizes of $100.

Players can also Play It Again™ if they don't win on their MONOPOLY scratch tickets. Enter non-winning MONOPOLY tickets in the Lottery's VIP Club between now and noon on Sept. 6 for a chance to win one of eight exciting getaway prize packages in the "Great Iowa Getaway" promotion.

The Great Iowa Getaway cities include: Boone/Ames, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Dubuque, Mason City, Moravia, Okoboji and Storm Lake. Visit for complete details and rules.

Players who enter their non-winning MONOPOLY tickets in the VIP Club will also receive Points For Prizes™ points just like they do on any other eligible non-winning Iowa Lottery instant-scratch ticket. They can then use those points to pick out prizes in the online store.