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Western Iowa Man Keeps Winning Ticket In A Special Place

Barry Lidgett Wins $30,000 Top Prize Playing 'Tic-Tac Dough' Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A southwest Iowa man said he was nervous until his winning instant-scratch ticket was validated by an Iowa Lottery employee.

"It doesn't seem real until the check is in your hand," said Barry Lidgett of Glenwood. "Don't want to jinx it."

Lidgett, 50, purchased a "Tic-Tac Dough" scratch ticket Friday at Kwik Shop, 309 N. Locust St. in Glenwood, and found out later that day that he had won one of the game's $30,000 top prizes.

However, Lidgett said he had his girlfriend and a store clerk double-check just to make sure.

"I said (to the clerk), 'This one I think it is (a winner), but I'm too scared to believe it,'" Lidgett said. "She rang it up and it went, 'Woo-hoo!'"

Lidgett, who works for Leick Landscaping in Glenwood, claimed his prize Monday at the lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs. He claimed the fourth of seven top prizes of $30,000 available in the Tic-Tac Dough game.

Lidgett said he kept his winning ticket in a safe place over the weekend.

"I like to can so I stuck it in with all my canning jars," he said. "(I) buried it beneath all my sweet pickles."

Lidgett said he plans to use his winnings to visit relatives over the holidays.

Tic-Tac Dough is a $3 scratch game. Players win a prize by matching three game symbols in the same row, the same column, or the same diagonal line within the playing area. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.58.

Four top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Tic-Tac Dough, as well as 81 prizes of $300 and 86 prizes of $180.

Players can enter nonwinning Tic-Tac Dough scratch tickets online in the Gifts Galore Play It Again® promotion, which offers 310 Sony® electronics and cash prizes. When a player enters an eligible nonwinning scratch ticket in Gifts Galore, he or she will receive one entry in the drawing for the corresponding Sony® electronic or cash prize category. The deadline to enter is noon, Jan. 13. For rules and complete details, visit www.ialottery.com.

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