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It took Bob Schissel of Milan a week to check his ticket in the multi-state "Halloween Millions Raffle," but when he did, he got a $50,000 surprise.

The drawing was Nov. 1, but Schissel didn't check his ticket until Friday morning when he stopped to buy gas.

“I had the clerk check the two tickets. She said, ‘You won $50,000!’” Schissel said in a news release issued by the Iowa Lottery. “I said, ‘Really.’ I asked again, and she said, ‘No, really.’”

Schissel, 58, works as a fork-truck driver at Nestle-Purina PetCare in Davenport.

Tickets in the $10 “Halloween Millions Raffle” game were sold from Sept. 23-Oct. 31 in Iowa and six other states. The game’s drawing was held Nov. 1, and three top prizes of $1 million were awarded, one each in Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio. If a participating state did not have a $1 million winner, a $50,000 prize was awarded in a separate drawing to someone who bought a ticket in that state.

Schissel’s ticket was selected as the $50,000 winner in Iowa. He bought it at the Kwik Shop, 3129 Rockingham Road, Davenport.

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