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Northwest Iowa Woman Saves Money On Potatoes, Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize

Mary Pratt Wins Top Prize in New 'Make My Week™' Scratch Game

Mary Pratt   Hear Mary tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A quick stop at a grocery store for some potatoes paid off for a northwest Iowa woman, as she ended up winning a $10,000 lottery prize.

Mary Pratt of Ida Grove said she had some potatoes at home, but decided to stop at Hy-Vee, 1426 Broadway in Denison on her way home from work because they had a sale. She said she planned to make mashed potatoes for her daughter that evening.

"She's been hungry for mashed potatoes lately, I thought I better buy some more," Pratt, 52, said.

While shopping, Pratt said she turned in some winning lottery tickets and purchased a couple "Make My Week™" instant-scratch tickets. She ended up winning one of the game's $10,000 top prizes. Four top prizes of $10,000 are still up for grabs in that game.

"I scratched it off and couldn't believe I won," Pratt said. "I bought five of them that day and that was the first one. It's like, 'Oh, I only needed to buy one!'"

Pratt, who works at a nursing home in Denison, claimed her prize Jan. 21 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake.

Pratt, a widow, said she plans to use her lottery winnings to pay bills.

The lottery's Make My Week™ game is part of a series of games that have a similar look, feel and gameplay, but vary in size, cost and prizes offered. The price point and top prize increase with the length of time indicated in the game's name. For example, players can win up to $10,000 playing the $2 Make My Week™ game, but can win up to $100,000 playing the $10 Make My Year™ game. A $1 Make My Day™ ticket and a $5 Make My Month™ ticket are part of the same series of games. Players scratch the "stars" in the playing area on each ticket and match game symbols to win prizes.

Four top prizes of $10,000 are still up for grabs in Make My Week™, as well as 261 prizes of $300 and hundreds of prizes of $150.

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