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Chariton Woman Wins $40,000 Prize On New Scratch Game

Marsha Patterson Wins Top Prize Playing the "Bass Pro Shops®" Scratch Game

Marsha and Bruce Patterson   Hear Marsha tell her story.

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

Marsha Patterson, 59, said she bought the winning ticket at Casey's, 1421 Court Ave. in Chariton late Wednesday. Accompanied by her husband, Bruce, she claimed her prize on Thursday at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters office in Des Moines.

Marsha, who's employed by Hy-Vee, said she was in disbelief after scratching the ticket at home.

"When I scratched it off, I thought, 'No, that's not right, there's a catch. That doesn't really mean I won $40,000,'" Marsha explained.

She said she sat down for a while to study the ticket and then showed it to Bruce, who agreed that it looked like a big winner.

"It took a while to sink in. It's still hard to believe. I can't get my mind around that big amount of money!" she said.

Now that Marsha has confirmed she's a winner, she's decided to put her winnings toward paying the couple's mortgage.

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.

Six top prizes of $40,000 are still up for grabs in Bass Pro Shops®, as well as more than 40 prizes of $1,000, more than 200 prizes of a $500 gift card and more than 550 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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