Another day, another Waterloo woman taking home a huge lottery prize.

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Sometimes it doesn't hurt to look over your lottery ticket a second, third, or even a fourth time. A woman from Waterloo couldn't believe her luck when she went to go redeem her tiny prize of $3 earlier this month only to find out she would be taking home just a bit more money.

Jamie Tobar initially thought the ticket that she had yielded a measly $3. She said that she forgot to take into account the bonus letters on her Bonus Crossword scratch ticket, according to Iowa Lottery officials.

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"I scanned it and didn't believe it, so I just kept scanning it," Tobar explained.

Obviously her husband didn't believe her at first, but after taking a look at the numbers and checking the Iowa Lottery app himself, he finally believed that she won big.

Add just a few zeros to her initial $3 prize and you'll get her real reward...


“I thought the app was glitching on me, but it was real,” she said.

Tobar purchased the winning ticket at the self-service kiosk at Hy-Vee, 2834 Ansborough Avenue in Waterloo.

Tobar and her husband plan to use the $30,000 in a very practical way. The couple's game plan is to use the prize money to pay off some of their bills and on their three children.

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