Angela Hillman Wins First Top Prize Playing "Holiday Wishes" Scratch Game
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DES MOINES, Iowa - After ending her shift at midnight, a Muscatine woman decided to scratch her "Holiday Wishes" instant ticket and won the first top prize of $50,000 in that game.
Angela Hillman, 37, said she purchased the ticket at Mac's, 802 Cypress St. in Muscatine before beginning her shift. When her shift ended at midnight, discovering the top prize she'd won made it impossible for her to sleep.
"I said a few cuss words," Hillman laughed. "I said, 'I think I just won $50,000!' We couldn't believe it."
Hillman, who is a store clerk, said she was so excited she just couldn't wait to share the news.
"It was like 12:30 at night and I called and woke everyone up," she said.
Hillman said she and her husband were happy to share the news with their six children, who were very excited.
"At first I saw the five and thought, 'Well, I got my five bucks back,'" she said. "And then it was zero, zero, zero, zero!"
Hillman said she plans to use some of her winnings to pay bills as well as take a trip to Las Vegas.
Hillman claimed her prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.
Players can "Super Tech" the Halls in the Iowa Lottery's Super Tech promotion this holiday season. All ten holiday instant-scratch tickets can be entered online for a chance to win one of 250 Sony® tech prizes or one of six "Super Prizes" valued at more than $4,900 each. The eligible tickets are: "Holiday Countdown," "Holiday Bonus Crossword," "Merry Crossword," "Lucky Elves Bingo," "Holiday Wishes," "Sparkling Winnings," "Betty Boop™," "Snow Bank," "Santa Games Doubler" and "Winter Bucks." To participate in Super Tech, a player must register for a free Iowa Lottery VIP Club account at ialottery.com. Registration is a one-time process. All holiday tickets entered into Super Tech will also earn players "Points For Prizes™" points that can be used in the Iowa Lottery's online store.
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