Mapleton man uses small lottery winnings to buy million dollar ticket

CLIVE, Iowa (KCAU) — A retired trucker and current Mapleton farmer has become the fifth person to claim a prize of at least $1 million this year in the Iowa Lottery.

On Monday night, Daryl Ingram used his winnings from the Saturday Night Lottery draw to purchase a handful of easy-to-pick tickets at KCK’s Food and Fuel in Danbury, Iowa.

Ingram actually learned he had won the million dollar prize when he went for what he initially believed to be $100 in winnings, which would come from matching 4 numbers. However, when he went to pick up his prize at the store, the store clerk told him that he actually matched 5 numbers and won a $1 million prize.

“I was a little pumped up,” Ingram said. “But she was more excited than me, I think. She said, ‘It’s you! It’s you! It’s you!'”

Ingram’s first call was to his girlfriend who said she initially didn’t believe him because she thought he was playing a prank.

A total of four other people have claimed prizes worth more than $1 million this year. Two other million dollar or more lottery tickets are unclaimed, one of which was sold in Ames and the other in Forest City.

KCK food and fuel will receive $1,000 for the sale of the million dollar ticket.