Donald Menke of Macon, Mo., claimed the seventh of 10 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery’s “Queen of Spades” game.
Menke claimed his prize Friday at the lottery’s headquarters in Des Moines.
He purchased his winning ticket at Hy-Vee, 1700 E. Washington St. in Mount Pleasant.
Queen of Spades is a $5 scratch game. If players match any of “your numbers”
with any “winning numbers,” they win the prize shown for that number. If they find the “2X” symbol, they win double the prize shown for that symbol.
If they find the red “Q” symbol, they win four times the prize shown for that symbol. If they find the “joker” symbol they win all 15 prizes automatically. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.74.
Three top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Queen of Spades, as well as 42 prizes of $1,000 and more than 100 prizes of $100 or $200.
Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.1 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.5 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.
Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.