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Jesup Man Wins $100,000 Lottery Prize

Joseph Schuler Wins Big Prize Playing the "Cash Inferno" Scratch Game

Joseph Schuler   Hear Joseph tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A recent construction project is memorable for a Jesup man.

Joseph Schuler won a $100,000 lottery prize on a scratch ticket he purchased during a break from building a shed for a customer in Eldora last week.

Schuler, 50, claimed the fourth of nine top prizes of $100,000 available in the Iowa Lottery's "Cash Inferno" instant-scratch game.

Schuler, a self-employed handyman, said he didn't immediately believe he won $100,000 and asked the client he was working for, as well as a clerk at the convenience store where he purchased the winning ticket, to verify it.

"I had trouble sleeping," he said.

Once the winning ticket was verified, Schuler said he eagerly shared his good news.

"I've got a big mouth," he said with a laugh. "I told everybody."

Schuler claimed his prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He purchased his winning ticket Wednesday at Casey's, 1807 Edgington Ave., in Eldora.

Schuler said he plans to buy a new pickup with his winnings. He also said he plans to share some of his winnings with his family.

Cash Inferno is a $10 scratch game. Players scratch the "lucky symbols" and "your symbols" in each row. If a player matches the "2X, 5X or 10X your symbols" to the "lucky symbol," they win two, five or 10 times the prize shown for that row. Each row is played separately. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.11.

Five top prizes of $100,000 are still up for grabs in Cash Inferno, as well as six prizes of $10,000, 171 prizes of $1,000 and thousands of prizes from $100 to $300.

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