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Southwest Iowa Man Purchases Lottery Ticket With Fuel, Wins $30,000 Prize

Gary Hawhee Wins Top Prize in 'X-Treme Winnings' Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A southwest Iowa man decided to purchase an instant-scratch ticket while filling up with fuel at a local convenience store and the decision paid off.

Gary Hawhee of Bedford claimed the second of eight top prizes of $30,000 in the Iowa Lottery's new "X-Treme Winnings" game. He claimed his prize Jan. 17 at the lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs.

"I scratched it, but I had no idea I'd won," Hawhee, 84, said.

Hawhee said he double-checked his winning ticket by using a self-scanner at the retailer where he purchased it - Casey's, 608 Madison St. in Bedford. He also had a clerk double-check for him.

"I was stunned," he said.

Hawhee, a salesman for an advertising company based in Texas, said he plans to invest with some of his winnings, and save the rest.

X-Treme Winnings is a $3 scratch game. Players scratch the "X-Numbers," then scratch all the numbers in each game that exactly match any of the "X-Numbers." If a player matches all of the numbers in any game, he/she wins the prize for that game. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.76.

Six top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in X-Treme Winnings, as well as 25 prizes of $1,000, 22 prizes of $500 and hundreds of prizes between $100 and $200.

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