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Northern Iowa Man's Luck Changes, Wins $100,000 Lottery Prize

Jeremy Knowles Wins Top Prize in "Big Money Multiplier" Scratch Game

Jeremy Knowles   Hear Jeremy tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A northern Iowa man says winning a big lottery prize will help him become a homeowner.

"We're renting a house right now. I might end up buying," said Jeremy Knowles of Titonka.

Knowles claimed the fourth of seven top prizes of $100,000 in the Iowa Lottery's "Big Money Multiplier" scratch game.

The 33-year-old said he stopped for a drink and a lottery ticket Tuesday at Casey's, 1414 N. Main St. in Algona and returned to a hog confinement, where he works, for chores.

"Scratched it off at the desk and saw I won," Knowles told lottery employees later that day as he claimed his prize at the lottery's regional office in Mason City.

Knowles said he was in disbelief when he saw that he had won the game's $100,000 top prize. He said he regularly plays the Big Money Multiplier scratch game, but had previously just won prizes of $10 or $15.

"Kind of one of those deals where my luck isn't that good, so I just played it for the fun of it," he said.

Big Money Multiplier is a $10 scratch game. If a player reveals three identical symbols in the same row, he or she wins the corresponding prize for that row. If a player reveals a "star" symbol, he or she wins double the prize shown for that row automatically. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 2.97.

Three top prizes of $100,000 are still up for grabs in Big Money Multiplier, as well as eight prizes of $5,000, 73 prizes of $500 and thousands of prizes of $200 and $100.

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