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Palo Man Switches Things Up And Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize

Mark Klein Claims Prize from Feb. 26 Mega Millions® Drawing

Mark Klein   Hear Mark tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Linn County man decided to buy a lottery ticket in a different game than he usually plays and ended up winning a $10,000 prize.

Mark Klein of Palo said he is a regular Powerball® player but decided to try Mega Millions one night. Klein, 53, said he couldn't believe he won such a big prize his first time trying Mega Millions until the retailer validated his ticket for him.

"I stood there thinking, 'Yeah, what? Two dollars or something like that?'" Klein said with a laugh. "And she hands me the receipt and says, 'You're going to have to go to the Lottery office to claim this one.' And so I just stood there thinking, 'What did she say?'"

Klein purchased his winning ticket at Fareway, 4220 16th Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids, for the Feb. 26 Mega Millions drawing.

After realizing he'd won a big prize, Klein headed straight to the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids to claim his winnings on Friday.

Klein, a business manager at Air Filter Sales and Service in Cedar Rapids, said he told his wife, Lori, the big news when he got home from work that day.

"I got home today and asked her how her day was and she said, 'Oh, it was alright.'" Klein said. "I said, 'Yeah, mine too. It was alright.' Then I told her about it and she goes, 'Are you kidding me?'"

Klein said he and Lori have talked about what they might do with their winnings. Paying bills and having a nice dinner are both on the list.

The winning numbers in the $13 million jackpot drawing on Feb. 26 were: 6-7-13-15-43 and Mega Ball 7. The Megaplier® number that night was 4.

Klein matched four white balls and the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. Had he added the Megaplier to the ticket, he would have multiplied his win to $40,000.

There was no jackpot winner in the Feb. 26 drawing. Friday's estimated jackpot is $33 million.

Players can multiply their prizes (except the jackpot) with the Megaplier up to four times. The cost is $1 per play.

Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at or through the winning numbers' hot line at (515) 323-4633. Winning numbers may also be checked with lottery retail outlets or by calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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