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      Ottumwa man wins $10,000 lottery prize

      James Ash

      An Ottumwa man has won a $10,000 lottery prize.

      James Ash claimed the eighth of nine prizes of $10,000 available in the Iowa Lotteryâ??s â??Cash Infernoâ?? instant-scratch game.

      Ash claimed his prize Monday at the lotteryâ??s headquarters in Des Moines. He purchased his winning ticket at the North Court BP.

      Cash Inferno is a $10 scratch game and the overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.11.

      Two top prizes of $100,000 are still up for grabs in Cash Inferno, as well as one prize of $10,000, 30 prizes of $1,000 and hundreds of prizes from $100 to $300.

      Since the lotteryâ??s start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.3 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.5 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

      Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.