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Cedar Rapids Man Wins $50,000 Prize After Taking Sales Clerk's Advice

James Kellner Wins Top Prize Playing "Sizzling 7's" Scratch Ticket

James Kellner   Hear James tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids man won a top prize of $50,000 playing the lottery's "Sizzling 7's" instant-scratch game after the sales clerk recommended the ticket.

James Kellner, 45, said he had an extra $5 in his wallet, so he stopped at Ampride, 2205 Hwy. 6 Trail in Marengo, to purchase a lottery ticket.

"I said, 'Give me something that's easy to scratch.' He gave me the 'MONOPOLY™' one and it won $5," Kellner said. "Then [the clerk] said, 'Get one of the Sizzling 7s.' He ran it and said, 'Dude, you just won $50,000!'"

Kellner said the store employees seemed even more excited than he was about his win. He said he had a bit of fun telling his wife about his win.

"I told her I won five hundred, and when she got here I told her what it really was," he said.

Kellner said he plans to tell other family and friends by sending them a photo of his check. Kellner, who drives a delivery truck for Wonder® Bread, said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills. He claimed his prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Sizzling 7's is a $5 scratch game. Players try to win a prize by scratching the 12 "spin" lines. If they get three like symbols in the same spin, they win the prize shown for that spin. If players find the "flame" symbol, they win double the prize shown for that spin. If they get three "7" symbols in the same spin, they win seven times the prize shown for that spin.

Five top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Sizzling 7's as well as 108 prizes of $1,400, 154 prizes of $280 and more than 1,000 prizes of $140 and $70.

Players can enter eligible non-winning scratch tickets online to earn "Points For Prizes™" points. The point value will be revealed to the player on the website upon successful submission of each eligible valid ticket. There is a limit of 30 ticket entries per day. To participate in Points For Prizes, a player must register for a free account at Registration is a one-time process. Merchandise that can be ordered by using points will be listed on the website in the Points For Prizes online store. Players can choose from items in categories such as apparel, automotive, jewelry, sporting, tools and more.