Lane Shaver Wins Top Prize Playing "Triple Platinum 777" Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - When a Madrid man used his $20 instant-scratch ticket win to purchase two "Triple Platinum 777" scratch tickets, he never dreamed one of those would reveal a $100,000 top prize.
Lane Shaver, 56, happens to live near the Market of Madrid, 301 Annex Road in Madrid where he purchased his ticket. He said he makes regular runs to the store, so when he stopped in for apples for his grandsons one day, he decided to cash in a couple of tickets.
"The other $10 game I normally play was out, so I hit the Triple Platinum game," Shaver said. "I scratched over and I saw the zero I expected and then I saw another zero and another; and then I realized that wasn't a decimal point, it was a comma. And I knew I was on to something big."
Living close to the retailer, Shaver took the ticket back to the Market of Madrid to have it validated.
"She said, 'You just saw me; what did you forget this time?' And I said, 'I forgot to have you check this ticket,'" Shaver said. "Her eyes just got big and she joked, 'You know, I am going to college next year!'"
Shaver said his wife was home with his two grandchildren when he discovered his big win.
"The feeling in the household was disbelief," he said. "It still hasn't totally hit me. Yesterday there was no real concept other than this is a dream come true."
Shaver said he plans to use some of his winnings to become debt-free, as well as savings and investments for retirement.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime deal, so I'm going to do it right," he said.
Shaver said he feels grateful that everyone in the town of Madrid has told him the win happened to someone who deserves it.
Shaver claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.