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Davenport Man Scratches Off Lots Of Zeroes On His Winning Ticket

Darren Dau Wins $10,000 Top Prize in 'Make My Week™' Scratch Game

Darren Dau   Hear Darren tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A stop for snacks at a local convenience store paid off for a Davenport man who ended up winning a $10,000 lottery prize on an instant-scratch ticket.

Darren Dau said he purchased a "Make My Week™" ticket Feb. 20 at K & K Food and Gas, 2365 Rockingham Road in Davenport, and scratched it off at home that night.

Dau, 30, claimed the fifth of eight top prizes of $10,000 available in the game. He claimed his prize Friday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Dau said he knew he had a winning ticket, but he didn't know how much he had won until he finished scratching off his ticket.

"I scratched off the three zeroes thinking it was just going to be something small," he said "Then I just scratched another zero off and I was like, 'Woo!'"

Dau said he couldn't believe what he saw and had his fiancé double-check that he had won.

"My better half is always telling me, 'You're just wasting your time,'" he said. "Finally one time I got lucky."

Dau said he shared his good news with his co-workers, at Roofing Wholesale and Supply Company in Davenport, but they didn't believe him until he showed them the winning ticket.

"My boss though it was a joke to begin with," he said.

Dau said his lottery winnings will be used to fix up his vehicles.

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.

Three top prizes of $10,000 are still up for grabs in Make My Week, as well as 195 prizes of $300 and hundreds of prizes of $150.

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