LATE-NIGHT WIN CHANGES DAVENPORT MAN’S LIFE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Garringer   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 14:52

Jeremy Riedesel Wins First Top Prize Playing on the “Did I Win?” Scratch Game

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Davenport man said when he discovered a $100,000 top prize on his “Did I Win?” instant-scratch ticket, he knew it would change his life.

Jeremy Riedesel, 29, said he was alone around midnight when he scratched the ticket.

“It’s definitely life-changing,” Riedesel said. “I had to run back inside to the gas station to make sure I was seeing everything right.”

Riedesel had scratched the ticket in his car, so the cashier at Kwik Shop, 3624 W. Locust St. in Davenport who sold him the ticket got to share in his excitement as well.

“I just couldn’t believe that it was real,” Riedesel said. “I was basically in shock.”

Since it was late at night, Riedesel said he went home to try to get some sleep before claiming his prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids, but that proved difficult.

“Everybody that I talked to said, ‘Oh no, it’s fake!’” Riedesel said.

Riedesel said he’s looking into investing his money wisely, but doesn’t plan to stop working as a Triple A service call responder anytime soon.

Did I Win? is a $10 scratch game. If players find a “yes” symbol, they win the prize shown for that symbol. If they find the “coin” symbol, they win double the prize shown for that symbol. If they find the “gold” symbol, they win all 20 prizes shown. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.35.

Riedesel won the first top prize in the game. Seven top prizes of $100,000 are still up for grabs in Did I Win?, along with six prizes of $10,000, more than 260 prizes of $1,000 and thousands of prizes of $500 and $100.

Players can enter eligible non-winning scratch tickets online to earn “Points For Prizes™” points. The point value will be revealed to the player on the website upon successful submission of each eligible valid ticket. There is a limit of 30 ticket entries per day. To participate in Points For Prizes™, a player must register for a free account at ialottery.com. Registration is a one-time process. Merchandise that can be ordered by using points will be listed on the website in the Points For Prizes™ online store. Players can choose from items in categories such as apparel, automotive, jewelry, sporting, tools and more.

Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $2.8 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.3 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.

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