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Bass Pro Shop® Fan Wins First $40,000 Prize on New Scratch Game

David Heeren Wins Top Prize Playing the "Bass Pro Shops®" Scratch Game

David Heeren   Hear David tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Bloomfield man won the first of eight top prizes of $40,000 playing the lottery's new "Bass Pro Shops®" instant-scratch game.

David Heeren, 57, said he's an outdoors man and that's what drew him to the new scratch ticket.

"I thought, 'Well there's a Bass Pro Shops. I'll try that,'" said Heeren. "I bought it and I won."

Heeren, a maintenance man at Myles Miller Refrigeration in Sigourney, said he enjoys going to the Bass Pro Shops.

"We go to Bass Pro about once every two, three months," Heeren said.

Heeren purchased his winning ticket at J's One Stop, 202 Weaver Road in Bloomfield. He claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Heeren said his wife has already figured out how to use the winnings.

"My wife wants to build a garage," said Heeren.

Bass Pro Shops® is a $5 scratch game. If players match any of "your numbers" to any of the "winning numbers," they win the prize shown for that number. If a "your number" matches a "winning number" and the prize amount won is shown as a "gift card" symbol, players win a $500 Bass Pro Shops® gift card. If a player reveals a "fish" symbol in the "bonus" spot, they win $50. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.74.

Seven top prizes of $40,000 are still up for grabs in Bass Pro Shops®, as well as 48 prizes of $1,000, 256 prizes of $500 and more than 620 prizes of $100.

Players can enter nonwinning Bass Pro Shops® tickets in the Iowa Lottery's "Destination Iowa" promotion.

Entrants must join or be a member of the lottery's free VIP Club in order to enter. Once a nonwinning Bass Pro Shops® ticket is entered, players will select which of the five Destination Iowa drawings they would like to enter. The five destination choices are: Honey Creek Resort State Park on Rathbun Lake; Café Dodici and Dodici Night Suite in Washington; Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City; King's Pointe Waterpark Resort in Storm Lake or Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino and Hotel. The deadline to enter is noon on April 29. The drawings will be May 1.

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