Steve Hoftender Wins Big Prize In "Lifetime Riches" Scratch Game
To download image, right click on image, then navigate to 'Save Picture As' to save this file to your computer. To download digital audio files of this story, right click here, then navigate to "Save Target As" to save this file to your computer.
DES MOINES, Iowa - When a Davenport man decided to buy the last two "Lifetime Riches" instant-scratch games in the retailer's pack, he never dreamed he'd win a $10,000 prize.
Steve Hoftender, 50, said he was only going to buy one ticket, but ended up buying the very last one as well.
"The one that she gave me was the winner," Hoftender said. "I was shaking and handed it to my wife."
Hoftender said when he discovered what he'd won, it didn't even sink in.
"I couldn't believe it was real," he said.
Hoftender, who manages a car wash in Davenport, took his ticket back to Tobacco Outlet Plus, 2312 State St. in Bettendorf to have his ticket validated.
"The same lady was there and she ran it through and was really happy for me," Hoftender said. "I ran it yesterday and it was actually her birthday."
Hoftender's wife, Paula, shared the news with their family and friends on Facebook, so Hoftender said everyone knew right away.
"The kids are jealous and wondering what I'm going to buy them," he said with a laugh.
Hoftender said he plans to use some of his winnings to remodel a room in their home. He claimed his prize Feb. 23 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.