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Muscatine Woman Wins First Jackpot Prize In New Lottery Game

Helen Trader Claims $30,742 Prize in JACKPOT PARTY® Progressive Game

Helen Trader

CLIVE, Iowa – A Muscatine woman has claimed the first jackpot prize in a new Iowa Lottery game.

Helen Trader won $30,742 in the lottery's JACKPOT PARTY® Progressive InstaPlay game. She bought her winning ticket at Smokin' Joes, 1504 Park Ave. in Muscatine, on her way home from work.

"It just happened to be good timing when I stopped in there," Trader said.

She checked her ticket at the self-checker, and then had a store employee scan it also just to be sure. But it wasn't until she claimed her prize on May 31 at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids that it really began to set in.

"Even though you got this little piece of paper that says you won, usually until you have money in hand it's hard to believe it's there," she said.

The JACKPOT PARTY Progressive jackpot starts at $10,000 and grows with each ticket sold statewide until someone wins it. The game debuted last month in Iowa.

Trader and her husband, Warren, have big plans for the winnings, including paying off a car, financing home repairs and an anniversary trip in September to Las Vegas.

"It comes in handy at a good time," she said.

InstaPlay combines features from instant-scratch and lotto games and gives players a new option with no numbers to pick, playslips to fill out or wait for a drawing. InstaPlay tickets are "scratchless" because they have no security coating that needs to be removed to determine the prize won. And rather than having supplies of tickets printed in advance like those in traditional scratch and pull-tab games, InstaPlay tickets are printed on demand from the lottery terminal, as are tickets in lotto games like Powerball® and Mega Millions®. But the play style of InstaPlay tickets is similar to that of scratch tickets, with symbols and numbers that need to match in order to win a prize.

InstaPlay games range in price from $1 to $10. More details about how to play these games, and the number of prizes still up for grabs in them, can be found on the Iowa Lottery's website,

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