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Beginner's Luck Hooks $40,000 Lottery Prize

Ronald Hansen Wins Top Prize Playing the "Bass Pro Shops®" Scratch Game

Ronald Hansen   Hear Ronald tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Hampton man said he won a $40,000 prize on only the third lottery ticket that he's ever purchased.

"I got one two weeks ago. The guys at work buy them. So then I won $10," Ronald Hansen explained. "This morning I had that in my truck. I kind of forgot about it. So I went in and I got two more tickets at the Kum & Go in Hampton and the first one was the $40,000."

Hansen won the fifth of eight top prizes of $40,000 playing the lottery's "Bass Pro Shops®" instant-scratch game. He claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City.

Hansen, 45, said "I guess it really hasn't soaked in. It's sure going to come in handy, though."

Hansen, who sprays crops for Liqui-Grow of Hampton, said his wife, Paige, was also happy to hear about the win.

"She thinks that she wants half," Hansen said with a laugh. "I texted her a picture of the winning ticket."

Hansen said his daughter, who's a freshman at Iowa State, will be going to London this summer for a study abroad program.

"And we were just discussing this morning where that money was going to come from," Hansen said. "So we got that covered now."

Hansen said he also plans to buy a few fishing toys as well.

"I'll probably have to go to Bass Pro Shops®," he said.

Hansen purchased his winning ticket at Kum & Go, 609 Central Ave. W. in Hampton.

"I'm a fisherman. And so I was thinking, 'Well, gosh, I sure could use one of them $500 gift certificates that the other guys are getting that I work with,'" Hansen said. "So I thought that would be something that I would like. But I guess the cash is going to be a lot better."

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.

Three top prizes of $40,000 are still up for grabs in Bass Pro Shops®, as well as 26 prizes of $1,000, 140 prizes of $500 Bass Pro Shops® gift cards and more than 330 prizes of $100.

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