Andrew Glassmaker with his winning check. Photo submitted
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Cherokee County man went into a convenience store for a candy bar and came out with much, much more. Andrew Glassmaker, 28, said the "Double Blackjack, Double Play" ticket caught his eye as he was walking out of the convenience store, but he never expected to win the top prize of $50,000. "I saw Double Blackjack. I kind of played the regular Blackjack every once in a while so I thought, 'Oh, I want to play that,'" Glassmaker said. He was in the car with his uncle and cousin when he scratched the ticket and discovered his win. "I saw it and I'm like, 'I think I just won fifty-thousand,' and they were like, 'Oh, no way,'" Glassmaker said. To be sure, Glassmaker took his ticket back into the Casey's where he purchased the ticket to have it validated. Unfortunately, their machine was down at the time, so Glassmaker started to worry he had read the ticket wrong. "We looked at it and we're like, 'Yeah it is.' So we went over to the Kum & Go and used their machine and it came out and said to come over here for fifty-thousand," he said. Glassmaker said he can't even remember what went through his head when he realized he'd won that much money, but that he was just astonished. "I always hear of people winning, but never thought it would be me," he said. Glassmaker, who is a farmer from Marcus, said he plans to use some of his winnings to make payments on a piece of land he recently purchased. Glassmaker claimed his prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake. He purchased his winning ticket at Casey's, 1225 N. Second St. in Cherokee. Double Blackjack Double Play is a $5 scratch game which consists of an instant-scratch ticket on the front and a pull-tab game on the back. The ticket has two play areas on the front of the ticket and four tabs that can be pulled open on the back. Overall odds of winning are about 1 in 3.66.