Press Room

Muscatine Woman Wins First Top Prize Playing Holiday Game

Teresa McCleary Wins First Top Prize Playing "Santa Games Doubler" Scratch Game

Teresa McCleary   Hear Teresa tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Muscatine woman won a $10,000 prize playing the lottery's "Santa Games Doubler" holiday scratch game.

Teresa McCleary, 35, was in the car with her husband, Vern, when she discovered she'd won.

"I scratched and told him to pull over," McCleary said.

McCleary said Vern didn't believe her at first.

"After he believed it, all his stress was gone," she said.

McCleary said she saw the Santa Games Doubler ticket was new, so she decided to try it.

"It was just the luck of the ticket," she said.

McCleary took her ticket back to QC Mart, 3901 Brady St. in Davenport, where she purchased it, to have it validated.

"[The clerk] had wished me the best of luck so I wanted to take it back to her," McCleary said.

McCleary said she's hoping to use her winnings for a down payment on a house. She 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.