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Taylor County Woman Turns $3 Win Into $10,000 Win

Nancy Richardson Wins Top Prize Playing "Great State Tailgate" Scratch Game

Nancy Richardson   Hear Nancy tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - When a Taylor County woman cashed in a $3 instant-scratch ticket winner for a Powerball ticket and a "Great State Tailgate" scratch ticket, she never dreamed she'd win a top prize of $10,000.

Nancy Richardson of Harpers Ferry said she let the clerk at Go America, 103 First St. in Marquette choose a $2 scratch game for her, and she's grateful the clerk chose the Great State Tailgate ticket.

"I noticed in my purse and scratched it off, and about had a heart attack!" Richardson said.

Richardson, 59, was on a break at work at the 3M factory in Prairie du Chien, Wis. when she scratched the ticket.

"I wasn't sure it was real so I showed it to one girl and she said, 'Oh, I think you won ten thousand, but let's show it to this guy,'" Richardson said. "Then they all said, 'What are you doing here? Go claim your prize!'"

Richardson has also told her son her good news.

"He said, 'No way!'" she said.

Richardson said she plans to use some of her winnings to visit her daughter in New Mexico for the holidays.

Players can enter eligible non-winning Great State Tailgate scratch tickets online to earn "Points For Prizes™" points as well as be entered into the Great State Tailgate promotion where players have a chance to win the grand prize which is a totally tricked-out, customizable towable tailgate valued at more than $22,000. Players also have the chance to win one of five first place prizes of $1,000. The deadline to enter the Great State Tailgate promotion is noon, Dec. 6.

The Points For Prizes 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 and the Great State Tailgate promotion, a player must register for a free account at ialottery.com. 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.