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Arizona Man Vacations To Iowa, Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize

Walter Thomas Wins Top Prize Playing the "Triple Fortune" Scratch Game

Walter Thomas   Hear Walter tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Mesa, AZ man was staying with friends in Mason City when he purchased a "Triple Fortune" instant-scratch game and ended up winning a top prize of $10,000.

Walter Thomas, 86, said he travels to Iowa every year to visit friends and family, but he never expected this to be part of his trip.

"My wife was looking at them and I said, 'Oh, there probably won't be anything on them,'" Thomas said. "And she said, 'No, I think you won ten thousand dollars!'"

Thomas purchased his winning ticket at Northside Liquor and Grocery, 1303 N. Federal Ave. in Mason City, after hearing that the store had produced some big winners.

"I thought, 'Oh, man!' I couldn't believe it was true," he said.

Thomas said he has spread the news with his family and friends and everyone was excited for him. He claimed his prize July 9 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City.

"I couldn't hardly wait to get here!" he said.

Thomas said he plans to use some of his winnings for his vacation with his wife, Rosemary, as well as help with medical needs.

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