Picture this: you are able to take $3 and turn it into $30,000. If I offered you a chance to do that, you'd probably laugh at me. I know I'd laugh at myself. Unfortunately, I didn't score a $30,000 payday, but Waterloo resident Adam Wagner did. And yes, he did it with a mere $3.

Adam had a successful "hunt"

Adam Wagner scored his major cash payout after going hunting. lucky dollar hunting. Adam won his moolah playing the Iowa Lottery's "Lucky $ Hunt" scratch game. Yes, a simple $3 lottery ticket ended up being worth a massive $30,000. While the odds of winning a prize are roughly 1 in 4, there are only 14 total $30K grand prizes, which makes Adams smashing success even rarer and harder to accomplish.

Adam Wagner of Waterloo via the Iowa Lottery
Adam Wagner of Waterloo via the Iowa Lottery

Adam picked up his massive winner at New Star Liquor in Waterloo. Adam isn't the only eastern Iowan to score a huge payday recently. Michelle Rothmeyer of Calmar won $50,000 from the December 29th Powerball drawing. Michelle said she let the machine choose her numbers which, as it turns out, totally paid off for her. She has big plans for the 50-grand, she says she and her husband will pay off their home.

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