Des Moines Man Wins $300,000 Lottery Prize, Didn't Plan to Buy Ticket

Photo: Iowa Lottery

(Clive, IA) -- A Des Moines man wins $300,000 from the "Win Big" scratch game. The Iowa Lottery says the man didn't plan on playing "Win Big" that day.

51-year-old Curtis Smith finished an overtime shift at a tire plant before stopping at a Des Moines Casey's at 4560 NE 14th Street. According to a press release from the Iowa Lottery, Smith says he attempted to purchase "Colossal Crossword" ticket, but it was unavailable. Smith bought a "Win Big" scratch instead.

"I got in my car and scratched it off, and I couldn’t believe it," says Smith. "I’m fumbling to get my phone to check it and finally, it came up that I won $300,000. I sat in the parking lot for 10 minutes. Just didn’t know what I was doing, I was in shock."

Smith says he's using the winnings to pay off his debt, buy a new home for him and his wife, and buy a headstone for his mother's gravesite.

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