A “Lifetime” of “Riches” Means $1,000,000 to Iowa Player

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Lotto 649 tickets. Theres an unclaimed last week's $64-million 6/49 jackpot on at the OLG headquarters on Tuesday October 27, 2015. Dave Abel/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

This is one of those cool, heart-warming stories that I so often like to write about.

It happened in Iowa, and it’s all about the Iowa Lottery’s latest instant millionaire.

Who, by the way, is still in shock over his good fortune.

He won the top $1 million prize playing Iowa’s “Lifetime Riches” instant-scratch game.

It’s not a game Aenoi Phetxoumphone, Webster City,x usually plays, so he was shocked when the last Lifetime Riches ticket on the roll was a top prize winner.

“It was just the last one there. And I had another winning scratcher so I traded that one in and bought it,” said Phetxoumphone. “It just said 40 and a ‘K’ behind it.”

Phetxoumphone, 29, bought his winning ticket on his way to Fort Dodge.

“I turned around and went back home,” Phetxoumphone said. “That’s when I started crying.”

Dude. I would too.

Phetxoumphone said he’s shared the news with family and close friends, but “They didn’t believe me!” he said. “They’re still in shock, too.”

Phetxoumphone said while he doesn’t play the Lifetime Riches game that often, there was something about it that caught his eye this time.

“I started out with a $2 ticket, and that turned into $10. And that $10 turned into I think 20 or 25,” he said. “And then that’s when I changed it in for this one.”

Phetxoumphone is a machine operator for Automatic Machine Products Inc. in Webster City, said he plans to put the winnings into savings until he can make further plans for the money.

“I just want to spend time with my family and think about things,” he said.

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