Cheryl Oake Wins First Top Prize Playing "$30,000 Club" Scratch Game
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DES MOINES, Iowa - After reading in her horoscope that she was going to have a lucky day, a series of strange events led to a $30,000 lottery win for a De Witt woman.
Cheryl Oake, 45, said she had had an extremely stressful week and was hoping her Friday would prove better. When she ended up winning a top prize on the Iowa Lottery's "$30,000 Club" instant-scratch game, she could say with some certainty that her week had turned around.
"I read my horoscope, which I never do, and it said I was going to have a lucky day," Oake said.
Oake had told her husband, Doug, she was hoping to have some fun Friday night since she'd been feeling burnt-out. After that, Oake was hit with a series of good luck.
She checked their bank account and realized they'd received their tax refund.
"I'm like, 'It is my lucky day!'" she said.
Oake took a lunch break from her job as a secretary and decided to stop at her favorite retailer, Lund's Phillips 66, 975 Spruce Hills Drive in Bettendorf, to wait for the traffic to subside.
"I thought, 'It's my lucky day, I'm going to buy a ticket,'" Oake said.
Oake asked for the lottery's "Crossword" game, but the cashier accidentally pulled out a $30,000 Club ticket instead.
"She said, 'I can stick it back in there,'" Oake said. "And I said, 'No, it's my lucky day; I'll just take that one.' And I told her, 'I'll call you when I win big!'"
Oake returned to work and scratched her ticket before her lunch break was over.
"I couldn't believe it! I yelled across the hall for my friends who told me I definitely won," she said.
Oake called her mom to tell her the big news. After that, word spread around her family and everyone was very excited.
Oake claimed her prize Friday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.
"I've told anyone who will listen," Oake said with a laugh. "And my mom has told everyone else, so I think our bases are covered."
Oake called the cashier back at Lund's 66 to tell her about the big win.
"I called her right away because I told her I'd call her when I won big," Oake said. "So I called back and said, 'Guess what? I won big!' And she said, 'No you didn't!' and started screaming."
Oake said she is planning to use some of her winnings to pay bills and buy her son a new computer.