Lorie Aude Wins Top Prize Playing "Holiday Wishes" Scratch Game
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Clinton woman was glad she let the clerk at her favorite retailer choose her holiday-themed scratch tickets, because she won a top prize of $50,000.
Lorie Aude, 51, ran back into Kwik Star, 249 Main Ave. in Clinton, to pick up a cappuccino and asked the clerk to choose a couple of $5 holiday tickets for her. One of the tickets the clerk chose happened to be a top-prize winning "Holiday Wishes" ticket.
"I thought it was $50. And I looked at it again… and again," Aude said. "My husband was downstairs and I said, 'I think you need to come upstairs! Something big has just happened!'"
Aude said her husband, Bryan, wasn't sure the win was real, so they took the ticket back to Kwik Star to have it validated.
"She put it in the machine and said, 'It's real and I think you're going to have a really happy holiday!'" Aude said.
Aude said word spread quickly around Clinton, and she encouraged family and friends to purchase the same ticket.
"Everybody in town is probably buying those tickets today," Aude said. "I said, 'There's still five more winners out there!'"
Aude claimed her prize Nov. 23 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.
"I'm still shocked. I still don't believe it's true," she said.
Aude said she plans to use some of her winnings to take a trip and is still thinking about how to use the rest.
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.