A Mason City, Iowa man planned to stop for some lunch when he decided to pick up an “Aces High” instant-scratch ticket and ended up winning a top prize of $50,000.
Good thing he did.
Randall Petersen, 43, said he was traveling for work when he decided to purchase the ticket in Clear Lake, Iowa.
“I saw that I had won so I called my boss and told him that I’d have to take the afternoon off,” Petersen said as he claimed his prize in Mason City.
After deciding to claim his prize right after he scratched it, Petersen realized he’d better call his wife, Lynn, to tell her the good news, too.
“I said, ‘I won $50,000. I’m not sure the ticket is right so I’m going to come home and show you,'” Petersen said. “At first she didn’t believe me.”
Petersen said Aces High is one of his favorite tickets to play, but he never dreamed he’d win a top prize.
He said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills.