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Last-Minute Shift Change Leads Woodbury County Woman To $50,000 Win

Lori Roggatz Wins First Top Prize Playing the "20X The Money" Scratch Game

Lori Roggatz   Hear Lori tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Woodbury County woman said her normal morning routine changed and ultimately led to winning a $50,000 lottery prize.

Lori Roggatz claimed the first of 12 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery's new "20X The Money" instant-scratch game.

Roggatz, who is the office manager at Morningside Veterinary Hospital in Sioux City, said she was filling in for another co-worker Saturday, which changed her regular routine.

"Normally, after work, I just go straight home. I thought, 'Well, I'll make a couple stops,'" Roggatz explained.

One of those stops was at Mike's Mini Mart, 100 Old Highway 75 in Sergeant Bluff, where she purchased her winning ticket.

"I took it out to my car and scratched it off out there and thought, 'I didn't get any of the numbers right.' So I thought, 'Oh, this is a loser,'" Roggatz said. "And then the very last one that I scratched off said 20 times or 20X."

At first, Roggatz thought she'd won $20. But she kept scratching to reveal her actual prize.

"When I scratched it off, it said two thousand five hundred," she said. "And I was like, 'Um, I must be reading this wrong. I don't think I really won that much.' And I couldn't in my wildest dreams add that up in my head that quick.'"

Roggatz, 52, took her ticket back into Mike's Mini Mart to have it validated.

"I took it in to her and she scanned it. And the look on her face was definitely confirmation that I had won something," she said. "She said, 'Do you know how much you won?' And I said, 'No. I really don't.' And then she told me and I was like, 'OK. Well, that's pretty awesome.'"

Roggatz, who is from Bronson, claimed her prize Tuesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs.

Roggatz said she and her husband, Denny, have a pretty good idea of how they'll spend their winnings.

"It'll probably go to bills and home repairs. But it's nice," she said. "It'll come in handy. Try to put a little bit of it away, you know, help the kids out a little bit."

"20X The Money" is a $5 scratch game. Players try to match any of "your numbers" to any of the "winning numbers" to win the prize shown for that number. If they find the "stack of cash," they win that prize instantly. If a player finds a multiplier symbol of 2X, 5X, 10X or 20X, they multiply the prize shown by that symbol. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.74.

Eleven top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in 20X The Money, as well as 148 prizes of $1,000, 251 prizes of $200 and more than 700 prizes of $100.

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