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Le Claire Couple Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize In Joint Effort

Marvin Kuhlman Wins Top Prize Playing the "Triple Fortune" Scratch Game

Marvin & JoAnn Kuhlman   Hear their story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Le Claire man said he's giving his wife credit for their $10,000 win playing the "Triple Fortune" scratch game, because while he scratched the ticket, she is the one who purchased it.

Marvin Kuhlman, 58, said he could barely believe his eyes when he discovered what he'd won.

"Most of the time when we play, we only win a couple bucks," Kuhlman said. "So when I scratched off the bag that said, 'Win,' I thought I had only won a couple bucks. But I looked at it and it said $10,000!"

Kuhlman instantly woke up his wife, JoAnn, to tell her the big news.

"I said, 'You've got to get up! We just won $10,000!'" Kuhlman said. "She double-checked the ticket and sure enough…."

Kuhlman said he's especially excited because it was the first time he had played the Triple Fortune game.

"I'm looking for some more winners now!" Kuhlman said with a laugh as he claimed his prize June 29 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. "What a feeling!"

Kuhlman, who works for a plumbing warehouse, said he's trying to keep quiet about the win, but he did share the news with his coworkers.

"I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. I had to blabber it!" Kuhlman joked.

JoAnn purchased the winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 2900 Devils Glen Road in Bettendorf. Kuhlman said they plan to use some of the winnings to pay for a new roof on their house as well as help their children.

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