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Lake Mills man wins $50,000 in lottery


This news story was published on April 21, 2011.
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DES MOINES, Iowa ñ A Lake Mills man won the top prize of $50,000 playing the lottery’s “Sizzling 7’s” instant-scratch game.

Jim Fjelstad claimed his prize Tuesday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Mason City. He purchased his winning ticket at David’s Super Foods, 103 N. Washington St. in Lake Mills.

Sizzling 7’s is a $5 scratch game. Players try to win a prize by scratching the 12 “spin” lines. If they get three like symbols in the same spin, they win the prize shown for that spin. If players find the “flame” symbol, they win double the prize shown for that spin. If they get three “7” symbols in the same spin, they win seven times the prize shown for that spin.

Twelve top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Sizzling 7’s as well as 213 prizes of $1,400, 279 prizes of $280 and more than 1,970 prizes of $140 and $70.

Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $2.7 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.3 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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