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North Liberty man wins $250,000 in Iowa Lottery

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An eastern Iowa man won $250,000 prize playing the Iowa Lottery.

Michael Ries of North Liberty was playing an instant-scratch game.

Monday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids, he claimed his prize, the second of eight top prizes of $250,000 available in the game.

He bought the winning ticket at The Depot Express, in Coralville.

The winning instant-scratch game is a $20 ticket.

If a player matches any of “Your Numbers” to the “Club Numbers,” he/she wins a prize. If a player reveals a “Dollar Bill” symbol, he/she wins a prize automatically, and if a player reveals a “Money Bag” symbol, he/she wins triple the prize shown. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 2.88.

Since the lottery's start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.3 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.5 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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