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Nebraska man wins Iowa Lottery's $500,000 second-chance jackpot

Jan 19, 2008, 11:36 pm

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Iowa LotteryIowa Lottery: Nebraska man wins Iowa Lottery's $500,000 second-chance jackpot

A railroad worker from Lincoln, Nebraska collected a $500,000 check Friday from the second chance drawing of the Iowa/Kansas "Midwest Millions" scratch ticket lottery game.

Fifty-year-old Ralph Kuwamoto says he bought the tickets at a store called Eddy's in Glenwood, Iowa and then mailed them in for the second-chance drawing. Kuwamoto says he didn't think anything about it until a friend called.

He says he was coming home from St. Joseph, Missouri when he got a call from a buddy in Arizona who said he heard there was a "rich new Nebraskan" who had bought the ticket in Iowa. Kuwamoto says he still didn't realize he'd won until the friend called back with an article from the internet.

"And he started reading, and then when he mentions Glenwood, Iowa, I kind of knew, I think he knew what he was talking about," Kuwamoto says. He called his wife and had her look up the story to confirm it. Kuwamoto, who works for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, will take home around 350-thousand dollars after taxes.

Kuwamoto says they've thought about it and will probably put most of the money toward retirement, but there are some things they want to do. The Kansas and Iowa lotteries will hold another second chance drawing in April, and Kuwamoto says he recently bought tickets there and sent them in, hoping to get lucky again. Kuwamoto does a lot of traveling in his job, but says he has a new favorite state.

"Iowa's up on the top right now...there' batting 100-percent, I'm all for Iowa, Go Hawkeyes, Go Cyclones, go Huskers," Kuwamoto said to laughter. Kuwamoto picked up his winnings at the Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines.

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ThatScaryChick's avatar - giphy11resized
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November 21, 2007
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Congrats to him! That's a nice chunk of change.

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    chasingadream's avatar - Archangel 01.jpg

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    May 3, 2006
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    lol......after reading this story I signed up for the 2nd chance drawings with the Tn lottery. Of course that means that I would have to start buying scratch tickets.....I usually get them from Ky. I think I can squeeze out a $20 bill for a few scratchers from Tn.

    Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

      dumars798's avatar - batman17
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      December 20, 2005
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              Smart bets...... Equal Phat Pocket$!



        sirbrad's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
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        October 6, 2005
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        $500,000 before taxes right? Which is probably more like $300,000. I would not mind a second chance like that.