Jeremy Riedesel Wins First Top Prize Playing "Did I Win?" Scratch Game
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Davenport man said when he discovered a $100,000 top prize on his "Did I Win?" instant-scratch ticket, he knew it would change his life.
Jeremy Riedesel, 29, said he was alone around midnight when he scratched the ticket.
"It's definitely life-changing," Riedesel said. "I had to run back inside to the gas station to make sure I was seeing everything right."
Riedesel had scratched the ticket in his car, so the cashier at Kwik Shop, 3624 W. Locust St. in Davenport who sold him the ticket got to share in his excitement as well.
"I just couldn't believe that it was real," Riedesel said. "I was basically in shock."
Since it was late at night, Riedesel said he went home to try to get some sleep before claiming his prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids, but that proved difficult.
"Everybody that I talked to said, 'Oh no, it's fake!'" Riedesel said.
Riedesel said he's looking into investing his money wisely, but doesn't plan to stop working as a Triple A service call responder anytime soon.