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Linn County Man Wins $25,000 Lottery Prize

John Szewc Wins Big Prize Playing the "Bingo Times 10" Scratch Game

John Szewc

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Linn County man has won a $25,000 lottery prize.

John Szewc of Hiawatha claimed the 29th of 34 prizes of $25,000 available in the Iowa Lottery's "Bingo Times 10" instant-scratch game.

Szewc claimed his prize Monday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He purchased his winning ticket at Guppy's on the Go, 680 Lindale Drive in Marion.

Szewc is no stranger to winning big lottery prizes. In 2008 he won a $25,000 prize in the same scratch game. He also claimed a $100,000 prize in the lottery's "$100,000 Cash Game" in 2010. The $100,000 Cash Game ended in January.

Bingo Times 10 is a $10 scratch game. Players try to match any complete horizontal, vertical or diagonal line, four corners, or an "X" pattern on one of the eight Bingo cards to win the corresponding prize in the prize arrow that points to their card. The "10X" symbol is a "free" space. If the 10X symbol appears in any winning Bingo pattern, the prize is multiplied by 10. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.37.

One top prize of $250,000 has yet to be claimed in Bingo Times 10, five prizes of $25,000 still remain, along with 20 prizes of $2,500, 38 prizes of $1,000 and hundreds more prizes of $100 to $500.

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