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DES MOINES, Iowa ñ An Iowa County woman won the top prize of $20,000 playing the lottery’s “Shamrock Shuffle” instant-scratch game.

Deanna Huemann from Stacyville claimed her prize Friday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Mason City. She purchased her winning ticket at Fareway, 103 E. Main St. in Decorah.

Shamrock Shuffle is a $2 scratch game. Players try to match the “winning numbers” to “your numbers” to win the prize shown for that number. If players find the “coin” symbol, they win that prize instantly. If they find the “gold bar” symbol, they win double the prize shown for that symbol. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.89.

Two top prizes of $20,000 are still up for grabs in Shamrock Shuffle, as well as 20 prizes of $300 and 40 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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