Gwen Drahos Wins $50,000 Top Prize Playing '$50,000 Bonus Gift' Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Lisbon woman knew she had a winning Iowa Lottery "$50,000 Bonus Gift" instant-scratch ticket, but she was in disbelief when she learned how much she had won.
"I was so shocked I was pacing like I was having a newborn baby," said Gwen Drahos.
Drahos, 61, matched a pair of numbers on the back of her $50,000 Bonus Gift ticket to win a top prize of $50,000.
"I scratched a little bit - oh, I won five bucks. And then I go, 'No, there's zeroes behind this.' And then I kept finding more zeroes," Drahos said.
Drahos, who owns Gwen's Restaurant in Lisbon, claimed the third of 12 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery's $50,000 Bonus Gift game. She claimed her prize Monday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. She purchased her winning ticket Sunday at Casey's, 150 Kirkwood Ave. in Lisbon.
Drahos said she first tried to call her husband, Gary, to share her good news, but when she couldn't get a hold of him, she called her sister.
"I said, 'Get down here quick. I need you, I think I just won $50,000!'" she said.
Drahos said she plans to use her lottery winnings to pay off medical bills, and save the rest for retirement.
"$50,000 Bonus Gift" is a $5 double-sided scratch game. Players win prizes by uncovering game symbols. The back of the ticket has a bonus game where players can win by matching a "winning number" to any of "your numbers." Each game is played separately. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.62.
Nine top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in $50,000 Bonus Gift, as well as 185 prizes of $1,000 and hundreds of prizes of $200 and $100.
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