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ean Ralston claims top prize in Holiday Sparkle scratch game

January 15, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

CLIVE, Iowa - A Grundy County woman says she's always thrilled when she wins her money back playing the lottery, but last week she won a lot more than that.

Jean Ralston of Grundy Center claimed one of the $10,000 top prizes available in the lottery's "Holiday Sparkle" scratch game.

The 62-year-old said she stopped Jan. 3 at Casey's, 1708 G Ave. in Grundy Center for a drink while completing some errands for work and she decided to buy a scratch ticket, too.

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Ralston said she scratched off her ticket and thought she had won the game's $10,000 top prize, but she was a little skeptical.

"I'm the kind that's thrilled if I get my money back," Ralston told lottery employees Friday as she claimed her prize at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

She decided to continue with her errands and looked over her winning ticket several more times. She then stopped at a different convenience store to have a store clerk double-check her work.

"I said, 'Could you check this for me? I don't think this can be right.' And it was!" she said.

Ralston, who works for a chiropractor in Grundy Center, said she plans to use a portion of her lottery winnings to help pay for an upcoming vacation and save the rest for retirement.

Holiday Sparkle was a $2 scratch game. Sales in this holiday scratch game have ended but players may still claim prizes in it.

The Holiday Sparkle scratch game is one of 11 holiday tickets that can be entered online in the "Jingle Bills" Play It Again promotion for a chance to win cash prizes. For rules and complete details, visit



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