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Seeing Is Believing For Humboldt Banker After $50,000 Win

Andy Reed Wins $50,000 Top Prize Playing the "Queen of Spades" Scratch Game

Andy Reed   Hear Andy tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Andy Reed wanted to see the check before he'd believe he'd won $50,000 playing the lottery's "Queen of Spades" instant-scratch game.

"We were still kind of pessimistic until I saw the check and the numbers. I've learned through my job in banking that nothing's for sure until you see the check and have it in your hand," he laughed.

Reed, who works at Wells Fargo and lives in Humboldt, said he bought his winning ticket on Friday morning on the way to work but forgot about it after he put it in his briefcase.

When he finally got around to scratching the ticket that evening, he didn't know right away that he'd won a top prize.

"I usually scratch the numbers off and then go back and see what I won. As soon as it came off, I saw the 50,000 and I handed it to my wife because I wasn't sure that that was right -- and it was. She said we'd better check it out, so we stared at it for about 20 minutes and kept checking it!" Reed said.

He said he told his parents and some immediate family members about the win, but kept it quiet otherwise until he could verify the win at the lottery office.

Reed, 32, claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake. He purchased his winning ticket at Wessels Crossroads, 411 13th St. S.W. in Humboldt. Reed won the fourth of 10 top prizes available in the game.

Queen of Spades is a $5 scratch game. If players match any of "your numbers" with any "winning numbers," they win the prize shown for that number. If they find the "2X" symbol, they win double the prize shown for that symbol. If they find the red "Q" symbol, they win four times the prize shown for that symbol. If they find the "joker" symbol they win all 15 prizes automatically. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.74.

Now that he has his check, Reed said he has definite plans for some of his winnings.

"We're planning on going on a little family vacation. My wife is actually from Germany so we may head back over there and I would like to buy a grill for this summer."

Six top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Queen of Spades, as well as more than 75 prizes of $1,000, more than 90 prizes of $200 and more than 180 prizes of $100.

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