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Algona Man Expects $50 Prize, Finds $50,000 Prize Instead

Darrin Schealler Wins Top Prize Playing "Holiday Wishes" Scratch Game

Darrin Schealler   Hear Darrin tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - When an Algona man saw he'd matched a winning number on his "Holiday Wishes" instant-scratch ticket, he was expecting to uncover a $50 prize, but found a $50,000 prize instead.

Darrin Schealler, 43, said he hadn't even considered that he could be a top-prize winner and was shocked at what he saw.

"I never thought it'd be fifty thousand," Schealler said. "I actually had to call my girlfriend in to verify the ticket."

Schealler said his mind immediately filled with thoughts of how he could use his winnings, and his girlfriend was excited as well.

"My folks told me I ought to hide it until I turned it in," Schealler said with a laugh.

Schealler said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills and has thoughts of taking a vacation as well.

"We'll just have to wait and see," he said.

Schealler claimed his prize Dec. 28 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City. He purchased his winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 1500 Hwy. 169 N. in Algona.

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.