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Burlington Woman Picks The Right Ticket, Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize

Nikita Fleming Wins Top Prize in '10X®' Scratch Game

Nikita Fleming   Hear Nikita tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Burlington woman said she redeemed a winning scratch ticket for another ticket and ended up winning a big lottery prize.

Nikita Fleming used her lottery winnings to purchase a "10X" scratch ticket Sunday night at Circle K, 333 N. Roosevelt Ave. in Burlington and ended up winning the fourth of 10 top prizes of $10,000 available in the game.

Fleming said she had been having some good luck playing the 10X scratch game.

"It was new and I did pretty good the first time so I'm like, 'I'll try it again,'" Fleming told lottery employees as she claimed her prize Monday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

When the 24-year-old saw that she won $10,000, she said she had a hard time believing it.

"I thought, 'I'm reading it wrong or something,'" she said. "I started shaking; I couldn't breathe."

Fleming, a factory worker, returned to the gas station to have her ticket double-checked before she started to celebrate.

"It's like, 'This is not real right now.' I thought it was a fake card or something," she said.

Fleming currently lives in an apartment with her husband, Chris, and their two children, ages 2 and 5 months. She said her lottery winnings will be used to help her family move into a bigger home.

"10X" is a $2 scratch game. Players win a prize by matching any of "Your Numbers" to either "Winning Number." If a player reveals the "10X" symbol, he or she wins 10 times the prize shown for that symbol. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.52.

The lottery's 10X game is part of a new 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 multiplier number indicated in the game's name. For example, players can win up to $10,000 playing the $2 10X game, but can win up to $50,000 playing the $5 "20X" game. A $1 "5X" ticket and a $3 "15X" ticket are part of the same series of games.

Six top prizes of $10,000 are still up for grabs in 10X, as well as 226 prizes of $300 and 460 prizes of $150.

Players who don't win an instant cash prize on any of the four eligible multiplier games, 5X, 10X, 15X or 20X, can enter their nonwinning tickets online into the "Sun Time Fun Time" promotion for a chance to win a tent camper, a pontoon boat, a fishing boat, or $500 cash.

To enter the Play It Again® promotion, Iowa Lottery players must join or already be members of the lottery's free VIP Club. Entries can be made through noon on Sept. 2 and the promotion's drawings are set for Sept. 4. For rules and complete details, visit www.ialottery.com.

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