Jayci Beamer Wins Top Prize Playing the "Lucky Jar Bingo" Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - Jayci Beamer said a grocery shopping trip helped her win a top prize of $25,000 playing the lottery's "Lucky Jar Bingo" instant-scratch game.
"I love Bingo scratch-offs. I haven't played one in a long time. We went grocery shopping and just decided to stop and decided it was a good day for a Bingo. Bought two and one of them was the great grand prize!" said Beamer, 29.
She claimed her prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines. Beamer purchased her winning ticket at Route 63 Quik Stop, 206 N. Washington St. in Bloomfield.
Beamer, who is a hospice nurse from Bloomfield, said she scratched the ticket while at home and asked her husband, Ben, to double-check it.
"I freaked out. He looked at me and compared the numbers and said, 'I think you just won us $25,000!' And on went the shoes and back to Bloomfield I went."
She said the same clerk who sold her the ticket that morning checked it for her. As soon as the ticket had been validated as a $25,000 winner, things went a little nuts.
"They started screaming and telling everybody, 'We have a jackpot winner!' It was very exciting," Beamer said.
Lucky Jar Bingo is a $2 scratch game. Players try to match any complete horizontal, vertical or diagonal line, four corners, or an "X" pattern on one of the four Bingo cards to win the corresponding prize in the legend beside that card. Scratch the "lucky jar." If the "lucky number" appears on any of the Cards 1 through 4, win the prize shown. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.51.
Six top prizes of $25,000 are still up for grabs in Lucky Jar Bingo, as well as 10 prizes of $2,500, more than 25 prizes of $500 and more than 150 prizes of $250 and $150.
Beamer won the 20th of 26 top prizes available in the game.
She said she and her husband plan to help their church with her winnings, then they'll make some home improvements and put some money in savings.
She and Ben have two daughters, ages 3 and 5. Beamer added that she was lucky even before her big lottery win.
"I have a wonderful family and [I'm] very fortunate. Good job, good career and now I'm a little bit richer," she said.Return to top↑