Scott Bascom Wins Top Prize Playing "Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game"
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Marion man nearly forgot about his Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game ticket for the drawing on Jan. 12; if he had, he would have missed out on winning the top prize of $100,000.
Scott Bascom, 63, said he normally checks his numbers for the Cash Game drawings every day, but somehow he missed his ticket for the drawing on Jan. 12.
"I went to replenish my tickets and found the ticket," Bascom said. "I found out I was the winner!"
Bascom, who is the manager for Domino's Pizza in Marion, said it took a while for the prize amount to sink in.
"The clerks there were more excited than I was at first," Bascom said with a laugh. "I was walking around in a fog all night at work."
Bascom said he called his wife, Lori, to have her look online and double-check the numbers, even after he had it validated by a retailer.
"I looked over the ticket information trying to figure out if it's actually what I thought it was," he said. "I didn't tell her what I'd won, I just asked her to check the numbers. She basically said, 'Are you kidding me?'"
Bascom said everyone at work, along with close family members, is really excited for him. He claimed his prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.
"I slept fine last night," he said. "My wife had trouble, though."
Bascom said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills and plans to save the rest.
"I've been playing these same numbers for at least ten years," he said. "And I'll keep playing them for sure."
Bascom purchased his winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 3600 Business Hwy. 151 in Marion.
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.
Bascom matched all five numbers in the Jan. 12 Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game drawing to win his $100,000 prize. The winning numbers that day were: 2-5-6-14-30.
Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at www.ialottery.com or through the winning numbers' hot line at (515) 323-4633. Winning numbers may also be checked with lottery retail outlets or by calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.