Niota man wins $30K on scratch ticket


CLIVE, Iowa — An Illinois man has won a $30,000 lottery prize on a scratch ticket he purchased in Fort Madison.

Sammy Gates of Niota, Ill., won the ninth top prize in the Iowa Lottery’s “$30,000 Holiday Crossword” game. He purchased his winning ticket at Tobacco & Liquor Outlet Plus, 1735 Ave. H in Fort Madison, and claimed his prize Friday at the lottery’s Cedar Rapids regional office.

Players can enter non-winning holiday scratch tickets into the lottery’s Warehouse Dash®Play It Again® promotion from now through 9:59 a.m. on Jan. 4. The promotion will award $200,000 in cash prizes, including a $100,000 grand prize, and four trips to Chicago for a 90-second Warehouse Dash shopping spree. For rules and complete details, visit

About the Iowa Lottery: Since the lottery's start in 1985, its players have won more than $5 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $2.1 billion for state programs. Today, lottery proceeds help our state in multiple ways. They support Iowa veterans and their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund. They help the families of Iowa peace officers, firefighters and corrections employees who die in the line of duty. And they provide help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund.

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