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Buffalo center man wins $100,000 lottery prize

This news story was published on April 18, 2012.
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DES MOINES, Iowa – A Buffalo Center man said his gut feeling was right when he chose to play the lottery’s “Did I Win?” instant-scratch game and ended up winning a top prize of $100,000.

Travis Trushcheff, 25, said he just uses his intuition when choosing which scratch games to play, and this time it paid off.

“We just said, ‘Well, maybe we’ll try those,’” Trushcheff said.

Trushcheff said he was traveling with his fiancée, Stacey Miller, when they stopped at Cenex Ampride, 1301 Tenth Ave. N. in Humboldt and picked up the ticket.

“She called most of our family,” Trushcheff said. “I had to send a picture of the ticket over to them because they couldn’t believe it, really.”

Trushcheff claimed his prize April 6 at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Mason City. He said he only took an hour off of work as a mechanic/truck driver to claim the prize.

“I’m kind of a workaholic,” Trushcheff said with a laugh. “They were wondering why I even came in this morning.”

Trushcheff said he and Stacey plan to use some of the winnings to put toward their upcoming wedding, as well as pay off a house they just purchased.

Did I Win? is a $10 scratch game. If players find a “yes” symbol, they win the prize shown for that symbol. If they find the “coin” symbol, they win double the prize shown for that symbol. If they find the “gold” symbol, they win all 20 prizes shown. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.35.

Six top prizes of $100,000 are still up for grabs in Did I Win?, along with eight prizes of $10,000, more than 300 prizes of $1,000 and thousands of prizes of $500 and $100.

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