Luck has run unusually high in the area over the past month, as three local residents have won large prizes in Iowa Lottery games in a span of about 20 days, and four have won already this year.
Marvin Brookbank, Storm Lake, started the streak with a $20,000 Powerball drawing prize in February. He bought his winning ticket at the Hy-Vee in Storm Lake and claimed his winnings at the Storm Lake lottery office. Brookbank matched four of five numbers, and because he added the Power Play® to his ticket, he doubled his prize - a $1 gamble bringing him $10,000 extra.
Two weeks later, a Sioux Rapids woman claimed the top prize of $50,000 playing the "EZ Grand" scratch game.
Janice Trebesch started her morning off by heading to the store to get a few groceries and decided to get a couple of scratch tickets while she was there. She scratched her tickets in the parking and raced right back inside.
"They didn't believe me," laughed Trebesch. "Until they ran it through."
Trebesch, 55, purchased her winning ticket at Sioux Food Center in Sioux Rapids. "My first instinct was to go to the Iowa Lottery place to get it cashed in before I lost the ticket," said Trebesch.
She was so focused on getting to the Lottery office that she drove right to Storm Lake and hadn't called anyone to share the news. But after Trebesch received her check, she did have a couple of people she planned on sharing the news with.
"My best friend, I'll tell her, and probably tell my brother and some others," Trebesch said as she thought about it. "I live in a small town so it doesn't take long for it to get around." She plans to pay off some bills, put some money down on her home mortgage and save the rest "for a rainy day."
Next, a Storm Lake man won $30,000 playing the "Crossword" (orange newsprint) scratch game last week.
Peter Khaoorn claimed his prize at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake. Khaoorn purchased his winning ticket at Dyno's, 1201 Lakeshore Drive in Storm Lake.
Crossword (orange newsprint) is a $3 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in the ticket's puzzle. If a player uncovers 10 words, he/she wins $30,000. The overall odds of winning in the game are about 1 in 4. Seventy-one prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in the game.
The local hot streak started in January, when Darlene Snyder of Storm Lake won a $50,000 prize playing the "Midwest Millions" instant-scratch game. She bought her winning ticket at Murphy USA, in Storm Lake.
During this period, players in Spencer, Sioux City, Carroll and Fort Dodge also won large prizes.