Altoona woman wins $250,000 in Iowa Lottery's 'Extreme Cash' game

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An Altoona woman is $250,000 richer after a fateful prediction.

Gayle Davis, 77, claimed her prize Friday at the state lottery headquarters in Clive. Davis asked for three $20 tickets for the "$250,000 Extreme Cash" game at the Casey's located at 3348 8th St. SW, in Altoona. Davis recalled in a news release that an employee told her there were only three tickets left and predicted a win.

The first two were duds. She then decided to check the Iowa lottery app for the third ticket instead of scratching it.

Gayle Davis
Gayle Davis

“I knew it probably wouldn’t be a winner, but I looked down and it said $250,000,” Davis said in the release. “I sat back in my chair, I took a drink of tea, and I went, ‘Oh, maybe I do need to scratch this!’ ”

It officially came back as the game's seventh top prize.

Davis said she plans to use her winnings to buy a new car, donate to charity and share with her family, including helping her granddaughters with college.

Iowa lottery players have won more than $5 billion since 1985, while more than $2.2 billion in proceeds have gone to state programs like the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund and general fund projects.

Chris Higgins covers the eastern suburbs for the Register. Reach him at or 515-423-5146 and follow him on Twitter @chris_higgins_.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Iowa Lottery announces $250,000 scratch game winner

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