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Eastern Iowa Man Wins $100,000 Lottery Prize On Game's First Day Of Sales

Kelly Lorenz Of Marengo Claims First Top Prize In 'Blazing Hot 7s' Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Marengo man's reaction to learning he'd won a $100,000 prize the first day that a new lottery game went on sale? "Holy cow!"

"We can finally get ahead of life a little bit, you know?" Kelly Lorenz said Tuesday as he claimed the first of ten top prizes of $100,000 available in the Iowa Lottery's "Blazing Hot 7s" game book. "And do things responsibly, make it last as long as we can. We'll pay some bills off so we don't have to worry about that anymore."

Lorenz, 46, who works on the paint line at Kinze Manufacturing in Williamsburg, said he noticed Monday afternoon that the Blazing Hot 7s game had arrived at Ampride, 2205 Highway 6 Trail in Marengo, so he decided to buy a couple tickets. He took them home before he scratched them, then ran inside to share the good news with his wife, Sandy.

"I ran in the house kind of shaking and she started shaking," he said. "We had our daughter drive us right back to the store - we couldn't believe it - to scan the ticket."

Blazing Hot 7s, a $20 instant-scratch ticket, is the second game book product offered by the lottery. Each ticket in the game is actually a booklet with multiple games spread across six pages. The game's top prize is $100,000 and players can win multiple times in each booklet.

The first "Game Book," released back in January, is one of the most popular scratch games in the Iowa Lottery's 27-year history. The lottery ordered what normally would have been a two-year supply of tickets in a $20 game and they sold out in four months.

Lorenz claimed his prize Tuesday morning at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He said he took the day off from work to claim the prize, but was saving the reason as a surprise.

"I just said I have some personal business to take care of today," he said with a grin.

Blazing Hot 7s tickets will be void if any pages are separated from the book. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 2.52.

Nine top prizes of $100,000 is still up for grabs in Blazing Hot 7s, along with ten prizes of $10,000, 477 prizes of $1,000 and thousands of prizes from $75 to $500.

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