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Aaron Holmgren Wins Top Prize of $30,000 Playing the "Roulette" Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa City man decided to purchase a few "Roulette" instant-scratch tickets after the retail clerk told him someone had recently won a $1,000 prize playing it and ended up being very lucky himself.

Aaron Holmgren, 28, said he picked up three Roulette tickets from Kum & Go, 323 E. Burlington St. in Iowa City while on his way home from working at the University parking ramps Friday night.

"I scratched the ticket numbers off and entered them on the website because I do the Points For Prizes™", Holmgren said. "Two of them won and the one of them didn't win so I got points for that one."

Not thinking much of it, Holmgren finished his dinner before he sat down to scratch the two winning tickets to see just how much he'd won.

"I scratched off the first ticket and I couldn't figure out what it won," he said. "I knew it was a winner but I couldn't figure out what it won because I had missed some of the numbers."

Holmgren spent about five minutes looking over the ticket again and realized what he'd missed.

"I realized I had missed two numbers in the $30,000 section and then I just, like, went nuts," he said. "I actually jumped up and bruised my toe and like, ran across the room and slapped the wall."

Holmgren said he called his parents to tell them the news. It took a couple phone calls to wake them up.

"I'm like, 'Mom, are you awake? Wake dad up!'" he said. "They thought it was pretty ominous and they were thinking, 'Oh great, what's he done this time?' Then I told her and she asked me, 'Are you sure?'"

Holmgren said he had a tough time waiting the entire weekend to claim his prize at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines Monday.

"It was rough. Friday night my girlfriend asked me to go out with her friends and then I told her, 'No, you should come home.'" Holmgren said. "She said, 'What's wrong?' [I said], 'Nothing's wrong, just come home. I can't go out right now. I can't go anywhere right now. I need to stay home.' Because I thought, 'I need to stay here and guard this ticket.'"

Holmgren said he's planning to use some of his winnings to pay on student loans as well as share with his family.

"My parents have been generous with me to loan me money when I needed it before so I can pay them back," he said.

Holmgren said he also plans to invest some of his winnings.

"I'm really excited and I'm really happy," he said. "I hope that I can be proud of what I do with this prize and that my parents will be proud of me too."

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