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Carroll Man Picks The Right Ticket, Wins $50,000 Lottery Prize

Michael Ochsner Wins Top Prize in New 'Make My Month™' Scratch Game

Michael Ochsner   Hear Michael tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Carroll man decided to buy one more instant-scratch ticket and the decision paid off.

Michael Ochsner, 38, said he purchased a "Make My Month™" scratch ticket Monday at Casey's, 613 W. U.S. Highway 30 in Carroll and something told him to buy another one.

"Something in my head told me I better buy that ticket - it's the $50,000 winner and I listened to my instincts," Ochsner said. "Ninety-nine percent of the time when my instincts tell me something, it's bad. So this being very good was awesome!"

Ochsner said he scratched off his ticket at work Monday morning and knew right away he was a winner.

"Then everybody else came over because nobody believed me that I won," he said.

Ochsner claimed his prize the same day at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake. He claimed the second of seven top prizes of $50,000 available in the game.

Ochsner, who works at Wittrock Motor Company in Carroll, said his lottery win comes at the perfect time. He said his lottery winnings will help pay off bills and help with his family's expenses. Ochsner and his wife, Misty, have two young children.

"It's going to make our lives a little easier," he said.

The lottery's Make My Month 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 $50,000 playing the $5 Make My Month game, but can win up to $100,000 playing the $10 Make My Year™ game. A $1 Make My Day™ ticket and a $2 Make My Week™ 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.

Five top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Make My Month, as well as 79 prizes of $1,000 and hundreds of prizes of $200 and $100.

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