£180k lotto winner shares cash-splashing plans after second scratch card jackpot

One lucky woman who has now won nearly £180,000 from two lottery wins has revealed how she plans to splash the cash.

Mary Starks from Iowa, US, first pocketed an eye-watering $100,000 (£88,500) from a scratch card in March 2020.

Now, she's gone and scooped the same amount again, this time winning the first top prize available in the Iowa Lottery's 'Hit It Big!' scratch game.

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Hit It Big! is a $10 (£8.86) scratch card game, offering lucky players the chance at 10 top prizes of $100,000 with overall odds of 1 in 2.96.

"It was exciting and kind of scary and unbelievable," she said. "Really unbelievable to have it happen twice."

Starks explained that she usually plays Crossword tickets, but recently got the urge to try something new with the memory of her last huge win still in the back of her head.

And then history repeated itself after she purchased her winning Hit It Big! ticket at an ExpressLane store in the city of Davenport.

"You just think that you'll win a little bit – maybe, $20, $30, $50, $100, you know? But not $100,000," she told officials as she claimed her second prize.

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"You just buy the tickets for a little entertainment. And then when you scratch it off and get that amount of money? I don't know, it's exciting."

Starks also has some big plans for the big money.

Some of her winnings will be used to pay off debts, she explained, but she also hopes to use a significant proportion to set up her own business.

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