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DES MOINES, Iowa ñ A Cerro Gordo County man won the top prize of $30,000 playing the lottery’s “Match & Win” instant-scratch game.

Darris Larson from Plymouth claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Mason City. He purchased his winning ticket at Casey’s, 813 N. Federal Ave. in Mason City.

Match & Win™ is a $3 scratch game. Players scratch “your numbers” and “bonus numbers” areas, and then scratch the corresponding number in the grid. If they match all the numbers in any row or column, they win the corresponding prize shown for that row or column. The overall odds of winning in the game are 1 in 3.64.

Four prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Match & Win™ as well as 39 prizes of $1,000 and more than 520 prizes of $100.

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. |

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