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Forest City Woman Celebrates Her Lottery Win At Local Pharmacy

Ginger Thompson Wins $10,000 Prize in 'Blazing Hot 7s Game Book' Scratch Game

Ginger Thompson   Hear Ginger tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Forest City woman started celebrating her lottery win while waiting for a prescription at a local pharmacy.

Ginger Thompson, 46, said she played the first game in her "Blazing Hot 7s Game Book" instant-scratch ticket and won a $10,000 prize.

"I just sat there and I did not say a word for a second and I went, 'You've got to be kidding me,'" she said. "People in the pharmacy were looking through their window at me going, 'What is your problem?'"

Thompson said she told those in the pharmacy that she had just won $10,000 and asked a couple of employees to double-check her winning ticket.

"I said, 'Verify this for me. There is four zeroes there right?'" she said. "It took three of them to look at that ticket and go, 'Yeah, that's what it looks like to me.'"

Thompson, who is a shift manager at Hardee's, immediately called her husband, David, to share her good news.

"My husband was always giving me crap about buying them, but's he's changed his tune now," she said. "Now he's saying, 'Go ahead!'"

Thompson purchased her winning ticket Friday at K-Way, 806 U.S. Highway 69 N. in Forest City and scratched it later that day.

Thompson claimed her prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City. She claimed the fifth of 10 prizes of $10,000 in the Blazing Hot 7s Game Book game.

Thompson said her lottery winnings will be used to pay off her husband's medical bills.

Blazing Hot 7s Game Book, 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.

Blazing Hot 7s Game Book 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.

Five top prizes of $100,000 are still up for grabs in Blazing Hot 7s Game Book, along with five prizes of $10,000, 288 prizes of $1,000 and thousands of prizes from $100 to $500.

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