Marathon woman wins $50,000 in lottery game debut

The first $50,000 top prize in the Iowa Lottery’s new “Mike’s Picks” instant-scratch game was claimed Monday by a Marathon woman.

Brandi Bunting of Marathon said she decided to try the new game and couldn’t believe that she had won a big lottery prize.

“I was just staring at it, I didn’t know if I actually won it or not,” Bunting told lottery employees as she claimed her prize Monday at the lottery’s regional office in Storm Lake.

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