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Lowden Man Takes Home $13,000 In Merchandise In Lottery Promotion

Ruben Cardona Gets TVs, Tools, Housewares And More In Warehouse Dash

Ruben Cardona

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Cedar County man is awaiting delivery of televisions, tools, a speaker system, housewares and more after his participation in the Iowa Lottery's "Warehouse Dash" promotion.

Ruben Cardona of Lowden was one of three lottery players whose names were drawn to be contestants in the first weekend getaway put on by the lottery as part of the promotion. Three more players will be selected May 23 to go on a second warehouse dash trip in June.

Each contestant gets to choose a partner to accompany them on a weekend getaway to Chicago and participate in a 90-second dash through the main warehouse that supplies the prizes in the lottery's VIP Club. During their dash, the teams grab as much top-brand merchandise as they can, including televisions and other sought-after electronics, housewares, jewelry, camping gear, sporting equipment and more.

Cardona chose as his dash partner his wife, Jeannette. They went on their dash trip this past weekend, May 11-13.

To enter the promotion, Iowa Lottery players must join or already be a member of the lottery's VIP Club. On the ticket-entry page on the VIP Club website at, players will be asked to enter the 10-digit entry number from the front of a nonwinning $10 "Did I Win?" instant-scratch ticket, along with the ticket number from the back. A different nonwinning Did I Win ticket must be used for each entry. Tickets can be entered in the promotion through noon May 21 for the second drawing.

The contestants and their guests get a two-night stay at the Chicago Marriott® Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel, a welcome dinner at the nearby Fleming's® steakhouse, transportation to and from the warehouse for the dash, and then are able to have fun on their own on the second night. Each contestant also receives $1,500 travel and spending cash and the lottery pays the state and federal taxes for the prize package.

The Warehouse Dash prize package is valued at an estimated $20,000, but the total amount is determined by the merchandise each winner grabs during the dash.

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