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Ottumwa Man Claims His Second $30,000 Lottery Prize In Three Years

Don Houk Wins Top Prize Playing the "Word Bank" Scratch Game

Don Houk   Hear Don tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - An Ottumwa man won the third of 12 top prizes of $30,000 playing the lottery's "Word Bank" instant-scratch game.

Don Houk, 49, said he's no stranger to winning the Iowa Lottery. Back in July 2010, Houk claimed a $30,000 prize on the lottery's "Crossword" scratch game.

"The Iowa Lottery's been very good to us and our family," he said.

After Houk verified his latest win, he immediately called his wife, Lisa Ann, who, as it turns out, didn't believe him at first even though he's won before.

"I tried to contact the wife and of course she had the cell phone off. So then I had to call her work and leave a message for her to contact me as soon as possible," Houk said. "And then when I finally heard back from her, she could not believe it either."

Houk, who works in the parks department for the City of Ottumwa, claimed his prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.

Houk purchased his winning ticket at Kum & Go, 502 W. Second St. in Ottumwa.

He said he chose the Word Bank game because he's noticed people he works with playing it. He usually plays Crossword and wanted something different.

He said after he called his wife, he shared the good news with several friends.

"They call me one lucky son of a gun!" Houk laughed.

He said he plans to help family with his winnings.

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