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Butler County Woman Goes Out For Thanksgiving Supplies, Wins Big Prize

Deb Hummel Wins Top Prize of $50,000 Playing "The Black Ticket" Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - After completing her Thanksgiving grocery shopping, a Butler County woman stopped for a lottery ticket and ended up winning a top prize of $50,000.

Deb Hummel, 60, decided on a whim to buy a ticket in "The Black Ticket" game, but never dreamed she'd win a top prize.

"I sat at my kitchen table and I started scratching and I got to the second to last number," Hummel said. "I scratched a five and thought, 'Oh, I got my money back' and when I kept scratching I saw there were four zeros behind it."

Hummel, who is from Allison, said it took her a while to wrap her mind around what she'd won.

"I was almost breathless," she said. "I thought, "Oh my gosh, this can't be right.'"

Hummel, who is a dietary cook at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison, said she checked her numbers about ten times before believing what she'd won.

"I thought, 'I won $50,000! I've got to call people!'" Hummel said with a laugh.

The first people Hummel told were her two children. She said they were both very excited for her, as soon as they believed her story.

"Everybody was thrilled to death," Hummel said. "The next day everybody at work was hugging me and giving me high fives."

Hummel said she plans to use some of her winnings for holiday gifts and plans to save the rest.