DES MOINES, Iowa ñ A Clear Lake man won the first top prize of $25,000 playing the lottery’s “Magic Line Bingo” instant-scratch game.
Allan Tarr claimed his prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Mason City. He purchased his winning ticket at Quick Shop, 904 N. Eighth St. in Clear Lake.
Magic Line Bingo is a $2 scratch game. Players try to match any complete horizontal, vertical or diagonal line, four corners, or an “X” pattern on one of the four Bingo cards to win the corresponding prize in the prize arrow that points to their card. “Magic Line” numbers are highlighted in magenta when scratched. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.78.
Nineteen top prizes of $25,000 are still up for grabs in Magic Line Bingo, as well as 36 prizes of $2,500, 37 prizes of $1,000, more than 100 prizes of $500 and more than 695 prizes of $250 and $150.
Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $2.6 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.2 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.|