Iowa Lottery reports the latest big scratch ticket and Powerball winners in Cass County


January 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Lottery say an Atlantic woman was the latest big instant-scratch game winner in Cass County during calendar year 2012. Jennifer Hansen won $30,000 in the “Crossword” game, with a ticket purchased at the Casey’s General Store’s  west location on southwest 7th Street. And, Tamara Wiley, of Lewis, was the county’s latest and biggest lotto winner during the same period, winning $40,000 in the Powerball game, with a ticket purchased at Casey’s east, on east 7th Street, in Atlantic.

In fiscal year 2012, Iowa Lottery sales hit a record $310.9 million and have continued at a record pace in the months since then. Officials say a significant number of tickets expire each year without being claimed. In fiscal year 2012, more than $1.1 million in lotto prizes expired in Iowa without being claimed. Prize money left unclaimed after redemption deadlines goes into the lottery’s prize pools for future games, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not those prizes that have expired.

Check your numbers on the Iowa Lottery’s website at, where you can also find a current list of unclaimed lotto prizes of $10,000 and above. Winning lotto numbers may be checked by visiting the lottery website or calling the winning numbers hotline at (515) 323-4633. They may also be checked by visiting a lottery retail outlet or calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.