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Howard County Woman Wins Large Lottery Prize

Tanya Munkel Claims Big Prize in InstaPlay Lottery Game

Tanya Munkel

CLIVE, Iowa - A Howard County woman who won a lottery prize of more than $19,000 said she had been eager for some good news.

"It's been raining in our kitchen," Tanya Munkel, 33, of Cresco, said on Wednesday as she claimed her prize at the lottery's Mason City regional office. "We have a massive plumbing leak in our kitchen from the upstairs bathroom. And so it came at the perfect time."

Munkel won a Cherry Twist Progressive InstaPlay jackpot prize of $19,654.25. She purchased her winning ticket at Cresco Mart, 202 Second Ave. SW in Cresco.

She said her big win brought a sense of relief. She and her husband, Matthew, plan to use the winnings to pay bills and have a great holiday season.

The Cherry Twist Progressive jackpot starts at $2,000 and increases with each ticket sold statewide until it is won.

The InstaPlay product combines features from instant-scratch and lotto games. InstaPlay tickets are called "scratchless" because they have no security coating that needs to be removed to determine the prize won. And rather than having supplies of tickets printed in advance like those in traditional scratch and pull-tab games, InstaPlay tickets are printed on demand from the lottery terminal.

InstaPlay games range in price from $1 to $30. For more information, visit

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