Robert Wise Wins Top Prize Playing "Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game"
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DES MOINES, Iowa - After playing the same set of numbers on his "Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game" ticket for 20 years, an East Moline, IL, man won a top prize of $100,000.
Robert Wise, 72, said he purchases all his plays in the Cash Game at the beginning of the week and checks his numbers after the drawings have occurred. While he also plays easy pick numbers, it was his own set of numbers that won him the top prize.
"The numbers were up there and I thought, 'I think those are my numbers,'" Wise said. "I checked them and started bouncing all over the house."
Wise immediately yelled for his wife, Pam, to tell her the good news.
"She came in and didn't believe me. She had to do a double and triple-take. We are very elated," he said.
Wise, who is retired, said he chose his numbers randomly and has won smaller prizes on them in the past. He said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills.
"I think I'll keep playing," Wise said.
Wise claimed his prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He purchased his winning ticket at Kwik Shop, 2242 E. 12th St. in Davenport.
Players in Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game choose five numbers from a pool of 35. Tickets in the game cost $1 and drawings are held at 6:28 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The odds of winning the game's top prize are 1 in 324,632.
Wise matched all five numbers in Tuesday's Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game drawing to win his $100,000 prize. The winning numbers that day were: 5-9-14-23-27.