CLIVE, Iowa – An Illinois man won a $25,000 lottery prize on a scratch ticket he bought in Bettendorf.
John Harrison and his wife, Jane, were on a mini vacation in the Quad-Cities earlier this week and stopped at Expo Mart, 1810 State St. in Bettendorf before checking into their hotel nearby. The couple, who is from Delavan, Ill., decided to buy some “Blackout Bingo” scratch tickets and one of those tickets ended up winning the ninth of 23 top prizes of $25,000 available in the game.
"My wife scratched it off and she was complaining because it looked to her that she had all the numbers expect for one,” Harrison told lottery employees Tuesday as he claimed his prize at the lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids.
The 68-year-old said he gave his wife’s ticket a second look and found the missing number and with it the game’s $25,000 top prize.
“She gave it to me and I double-checked it and she had missed that one,” he said. “I could hardly believe it.”
The couple, who are both retired, said their lottery winnings will be used to pay bills.
Blackout Bingo is a $2 scratch game. More details about how to play this game, and number of prizes still up for grabs in it can be found on the Iowa Lottery’s website, www.ialottery.com.