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Coon Rapids Woman Goes In For Apple Turnover, Comes Out With $15,000 Win

Bethel Carpenter Wins Top Prize Playing "Betty Boop™" Scratch Game

Bethel Carpenter   Hear Bethel tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Coon Rapids woman went out for an apple turnover one night and ended up winning a top prize playing the lottery's "Betty Boop™" instant-scratch game.

Bethel Carpenter, 73, said she hadn't intended on buying a scratch ticket, but as the cashier at Frohlich'ís Super Valu, 403 Main St. in Coon Rapids was getting her change, she decided to buy one.

"I said, 'I'll just take a couple of these tickets,'" Carpenter said. "I stuck them in my purse and didn't think about them the rest of the day."

Carpenter said as she was scratching her tickets she wasn't expecting at all to win.

"I scratched a 21 and saw I had a match. Then I saw the $15,000 and couldn't believe it," she said.

Carpenter immediately woke up her husband, Duwayne, to check the ticket for her.

"He said, 'Oh my gosh, I think you did win!'" she said.

Carpenter said she didn't get any sleep the night before having her ticket validated.

"He looked at it and said, 'This says claim at Iowa Lottery. What did you win?' Fifteen thousand!" Carpenter said.

Carpenter said word spread quickly about her win. She said she and Duwayne hadn't really discussed much how to use the winnings.

"I might give some to my granddaughter," she said. "She's just starting out and could use some help."

Carpenter claimed her prize Nov. 8 at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.

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