Clive, Iowa – The first of eight top prizes of $100,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s new “The BIG Ticket” scratch game was claimed on Monday by a Floyd woman.
Deanne Jakoubek works at a bank in Mason City and said she has seen many lottery winners come in over the years with their prize checks and she hoped that one day it would be her.
Jakoubek got her wish Monday. The 43-year-old said she bought one ticket in “The BIG Ticket” scratch game at a local convenience store before work and won $25. So at lunchtime she used those winnings to buy another ticket at Casey’s across from Newman School in Mason City and ended up winning the game’s $100,000 top prize.
Jakoubek had her ticket verified at a local convenience store and then immediately called her husband, Chad, but he was at work and didn’t answer right away. Jakoubek said her husband called her back and initially thought something bad had happened.
Her husband was still skeptical, so Jakoubek said she took a picture of the winning ticket and the receipt from the lottery terminal and sent them to him.
The couple said they’re still working on a plan for their winnings.