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Northern Iowa Man Hooks $40,000 Lottery Prize On Favorite Scratch Game

Ben McKinney Wins Final Top Prize Playing the 'Bass Pro Shops®' Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A northern Iowa man has claimed the last top prize of $40,000 available in the Iowa Lottery's "Bass Pro Shops®" instant-scratch game.

Ben McKinney of Hansell said it was "about time" that he won a top prize playing his favorite instant-scratch game.

"(I) scratched it off and I just figured it was going to be another $5 (winning) ticket like I always get," he said. "And by golly it was $40,000!"

McKinney, 35, said he had a store clerk double-check he had a winning ticket, but he still was in disbelief until he received his prize from the lottery.

"Woke up this morning and figured I'm going to come over here right away and make sure this is real," he said.

McKinney claimed his prize Tuesday at the lottery's regional office in Mason City. He purchased his winning ticket Monday at Kum & Go, 609 Central Ave. W. in Hampton.

When the last top prize is claimed in one of the Iowa Lottery's scratch games, the game is removed from sale, so with McKinney's claim, the $5 Bass Pro Shops® game has been discontinued.

McKinney, who is single father, said his lottery winnings will go to updating his dump truck he uses for his business, McKinney Trucking.

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