$10 Valentine Gift Turns Out To Be $100,000 Lottery Win

Lotto winner- Scratch off winner Iowa lotto

Do you think Valentine gift of $10 is cheap. For many of you it might be but on Valentine Day of 2018 for Cynthia Holmes it was a million dollar as she won $100,000 from a $10 scratch-off card that her husband gave to her as a Valentine gift.

Cynthia Holmes is an Iowa woman who was initially unimpressed by her husband’s choice of a Valentine’s Day gift is now eating her words. She was presented with a Casino Riches scratch-off ticket for Valentine’s Day by her husband, Don. The card sells for a mere $10. It turned out to be the ticket that won them a $100,000 jackpot.

About Casino Riches Scratch Off lotto

Casino Riches

The Scratch off lotteries are offered by the Iowa Lottery that was start in 1985 and  its profits have helped make Iowa a better place to live, work and raise a family. The Lottery provides entertainment and prizes to its players while at the same time raising billions of dollars for the state programs that benefit all Iowans. Through the years, Lottery funds have been used in a variety of ways to enhance the state, including projects to create new recreation areas, support research at Iowa’s public universities, benefit Iowa veterans, develop new products and techniques for agriculture, and promote tourism

The first product sold by the Iowa Lottery was an instant-scratch game called “Scratch, Match & Win” that debuted in August 1985. Iowans purchased more than 28.1 million tickets by the end of that game. Now the Iowa Lottery offers new instant games almost every month.

Cynthia Holmes  Valentine gift was one of this Scratch off tickets called as Casino Riches. All you need to do is to scratch the top play area. Reveal three identical symbols in the same Spin, win prize shown for that Spin. Reveal three seven symbols in the same Spin, win seven times the prize shown for that Spin. Each spin plays separately.

You will Scratch the “Lucky Numbers” and “Your Numbers” areas. If any of “Your Numbers” match a “Lucky Number,” win prize shown for that number. Reveal a dice symbol in the “Your Numbers” play area, win that prize automatically. Reveal a dollar symbol in the “Your Numbers” play area, win 10 times the prize amount shown for that symbol.

According to Cynthia Holmes  “My husband gave me a gift of a scratch off and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s really expensive,'” joked Ms Holmes to Iowa Lottery officials. “I scratch it off. I won $100,000!”

Her husband is not as surprised. “I knew she was a winner,” says Mr Holmes. “I thought it would just be $100 but it turned out to be $100,000.”

54-year-old Ms Holmes says she did not really believe that she had won until she went to the lottery headquarters on Thursday – a day after Valentine’s Day. “The machine went, ‘Woo hoo!’ And I’m like – my hands started shaking and like butterflies in my stomach,” said Ms Holmes, who works at Walmart. “It is still sinking in.”Ms Holmes won the second highest prize in Iowa Lottery’s Casino Riches game. She now plans to use the money to pay off her car and house.

Other popular scratch off games to play

Scratch off games from Iowa lotteries

There are various other scratch off games to play at Iowa Lottery. These games costs as little as CA$1 and as high as CA$30. The new scratch games to enjoy are $100,000 Mega Crossword ($10), Money Drop Multiplier ($3), Liquid Gold ($2, LUCKY EWE ($1). You can buy the ticket of Scratch offs you want to play at your nearest lottery retail store and play the game.

Where to claim a prize if you win the Scratch off lotto?

Iowa Lottery prizes up to $600 in lotto and instant-scratch games may be redeemed at any lottery retailer location in the state if sufficient funds are available. Pull-tab prizes of up to $600, however, must be redeemed at the same location where the ticket was purchased.

Prizes of more than $600 may be claimed either by mail or by visiting an Iowa Lottery office. However, note that all prizes of more than $250,000, as well as some special merchandise prizes, must be claimed in person at the Iowa Lottery headquarters office in Clive.

To claim a prize by mail you need to complete the name and address information and sign the signature line at the back of your ticket. A parent or guardian must also sign the ticket for any claimant who is a minor. For prizes of $100 or more, a completed copy of the Winner Claim Form and Federal Form W-9 are required.

For prizes of more than $600, those two documents are required along with a legible, valid copy of the winner’s government-issued photo identification. (Acceptable examples include: driver’s license, state I.D. card, military I.D. card, passport, or permanent resident card.) Mail the ticket with your completed Winner Claim Form, Form W-9 and copy of photo I.D. (if applicable) to the official mailing address at:

Iowa Lottery
13001 University Ave
Clive IA 50325-8225

Also note that Scratch and Pull-tab prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the official game end date of the specific game.