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Council Bluffs Woman Says Her $10,000 Win Is Money In The Bank

Heather Brown Wins Top Prize Playing Iowa Lottery's "Iron Man 3™" Scratch Game

Heather Brown   Hear Heather tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Council Bluffs woman in search of the "Lucky Jar Bingo" instant-scratch game ended up purchasing an Iron Man 3™ instant-scratch game instead and won a $10,000 lottery prize.

She purchased the Iron Man 3™ game instead of Bingo because the Bingo game was out of stock temporarily at the store that day.

"I was at my daughter's house and I scratched it off. And it took me a minute. I sat there. And I was like, 'No, that's not right,'" Heather Brown explained. "I had other people at the house look at it. And I'm like, 'OK, am I seeing things?' They're like, 'No. You won $10,000!'"

Brown claimed the third of 17 top prizes of $10,000 available in the lottery's "Iron Man 3™" instant-scratch game. She claimed her prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs.

"She gave me the ticket and I put it in my pocket," Brown said. "My mom said, 'You better frame it.' I said, 'I think I will.'"

Brown, 36, purchased her winning ticket at Eddy's, 611 E. Broadway in Council Bluffs. Brown's 17-year-old daughter was pretty happy about her mom's win.

"She is so excited. She's like, 'Oh, I can get some new clothes, right?'" Brown laughed. "I said, 'Yes. You can get some new clothes.'"

Brown said she and her husband, Bernard, also plan to get some new furniture and put the rest away for a rainy day. They might take their 11-year-old son to see the Iron Man 3™ movie when it's released in May, she said.

Marvel's Iron Man 3™ is a $2 scratch game. Players try to match any of "your numbers" to either of the "winning numbers" to win the prize shown. If players find the "hand" symbol, they win triple the prize shown for that symbol. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.79.

Fourteen top prizes of $10,000 are still up for grabs in Iron Man 3™, as well as 30 prizes of $1,000 and more than 160 prizes of $100.

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