A Council Bluffs man couldn’t believe his eyes when an agent get back to him that he  was eligible for a check of $20,000 after applying for NGMA Grant.

“So I ran it through probably half a dozen times,” laughed Kokenge. “It might have been more than half a dozen.”

David Kokenge, who is 66 and recently retired, was just one number away from gotten a check  in the Feb. 14 drawing.

“By the time I left [the store] I was shaking,” explained Kokenge as he claimed . “I had this goofy grin on my face, but I just kind of walked out of there like, ‘Wow!’”

Kokenge apply through an agent and said he and his wife, Mary, already have plans to be eligible for a grant.

“I was looking for another vehicle. I’ve been looking for about a month. So this, we were talking about this,” he said. “This will help quite a bit.”