Rock Island man wins second big lottery prize within two years

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QUAD CITIES (KWQC) - It would be lucky for someone to win the lottery, but what if they won it twice? One Rock Island man has won not only one big lottery prizes but two.

The Iowa Lottery announced Thursday that James Griffiths, of Rock Island, won a $250,000 top prize in the Iowa Lottery's "Aces High" scratch game. He had previously won a big prize of $30,000 from a different scratch game in April 2017.

Griffiths told lottery officials he wasn't really nervous when he won the $30,000 prize but was nervous on the $250,000 prize.

"I kept looking at the ticket and wondering if it was really real," he told lottery officials.

Griffiths, who works as a construction superintendent in the Des Moines area, stopped by a Kum & Go in Ankeny before going into work. Griffiths said he went there to claim a smaller prize from an Aces High ticket when he used that winning prize to buy another ticket. There, he won the $250,000 prize.

"(My wife) still doesn't believe I won it," Griffiths said with a laugh.

Aces High is a $20 scratch game.