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New Hampton woman wins $30K in lottery

This news story was published on March 28, 2013.
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PR032713_TerriTroutnerDES MOINES, Iowa – A New Hampton woman was elated when she found out she won the sixth of 12 top prizes of $30,000 playing the lottery’s “Word Bank” instant-scratch game.

Terri Troutner, 60, was still in shock when she came in to the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Mason City Tuesday to claim her prize, just three hours after she found out she won.

“I had to calm myself down,” Troutner said. “And once I went to the gas station and checked to make sure that I had won; then it set in that it was real.”

Troutner said she was filled with emotion as the gas station manager came out to congratulate her, too.

Troutner has three children and six grandchildren with another one on the way any day. At first her children thought she was joking with them about the win.

“I said, ‘Yeah, I went to the gas station and checked it. So, yeah, it’s real,’” Troutner said.

Troutner, who works in the distribution department at TriMark Corporation, said she already knew how she planned to spend some of her winnings.

“I have two things I’m gonna do,” she said. “I’m gonna pay off my truck that I bought a couple years ago and re-do my driveway.”

Troutner purchased her winning ticket at Kwik Star, 825 W. Milwaukee St. in New Hampton.

“I love the Iowa Lottery. It’s fun to play,” Troutner said.

Word Bank is a $3 scratch game. Players scratch the “bank vault letters” area to reveal 18 letters. Then they scratch each letter in the 12 words on the ticket front that corresponds to the “bank vault letters.” If a player completes any word using the “bank vault letters,” they win the prize shown for that word. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.79.

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