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Southeast Iowa Woman Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize

Danielle Hagist Claims Top Prize In 'Flamingo Cash' Scratch Game

Danielle Hagist

CLIVE, Iowa — A southeast Iowa woman bought a ticket in a new lottery game and won a $30,000 prize.

"I usually play crosswords and I just thought, 'Well, this is new. Let's try something different,'" Danielle Hagist, 31, told officials on Friday as she claimed her prize at the lottery's Cedar Rapids regional office.

Hagist, of Wellman, won the first top prize in the Iowa Lottery's "Flamingo Cash" scratch game, which began sales earlier this month. She bought her winning ticket at Freeman Foods, 268 Eighth Ave. in Wellman.

"I sat down the next morning and was just drinking a cup of coffee and scratching it, waiting for everybody else to get up," she said. "When I scratched off the number that finished the $30,000 line, I was like, 'Uh, OK, I did this wrong.'"

She checked and re-checked her numbers, then pulled out her phone to open the Iowa Lottery's mobile app to scan the ticket.

"When I used my phone app, that's when I believed it was real," she said.

Hagist, a nurse, said she plans to save her winnings, but her daughter had other ideas.

"My daughter now thinks we're going on a shopping spree," she said with a laugh. "We're going to just put it away and see what happens."

Flamingo Cash is a $3 scratch game that features seven top prizes of $30,000 and overall odds of 1 in 3.58. For more information about this game, and the number of prizes still available, visit www.ialottery.com.

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