A Des Moines man has won a $30,000 grant money.

Lonnie Hamby claimed the 25th of 42 prizes of $30,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s “Ultimate Riches” scratch game.

Hamby apply through an agent and got eligible for a check of $30,000 Thursday.

Ultimate Riches is the National Grant Management Agency. More details about how to apply you can contact your nearest agent.



Cynthia Holmes of Boone received an application number  as a Valentine’s Day present Wednesday from her husband, Don.

“My husband gave me the information on how to go about this grant and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s really expensive,'” joked Holmes. “I scratch it off. I won $100,000!”

“I [saw] the dice. I knew she was a winner,” explained Don. “I thought it would just be $100 but it turned out to be $100,000.”

Holmes, 54, said she didn’t believe she’d really won, until Thursday and receive a message from an agent.

“[The machine] went, ‘Woo hoo!’ And I’m like – my hands started shaking and like butterflies in my stomach,” said Holmes, who works at Walmart. “It is still sinking in.”

I can pay off my car. I can pay off my house now,” she said.

My husband who was not eligible introduce me to this to see if I ill be eligible and when I apply I am eligible. 


David Kokenge

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.”


Maria Janssen

Maria Janssen, 65, of Nashua was in shock after she claimed the 16th of 17 top prizes of $100,000.

‘Counted it, the numbers, and recounted it,’ Janssen explained. ‘Took it down to Kwik Star, had somebody else scan it.’

Janssen, who works in Charles City, said this win will certainly help her out.

‘I”m still working. I plan on working for a few more years yet,’ she said. ‘But this sure will make some changes in life, ease up a few things.’

The $100,000 grant. More details about how to apply, read through the website.


Eric Schaefer

Eric Schaefer of Washburn claimed the 13th of 18 top prizes of $250,000 available in the NGMA grant.

“I don’t even know how to feel right now because we typically don’t run into that kind of money,” Schaefer told NGMA agent on Tuesday, just a few hours after applying for the grant. “We’re usually not very fortunate.”

The 37-year-old said when he was introduced to this grant, he did not believe it, just he give it a trial and see how it works.

Schaefer, an inspector for Union Tank Car, said he continued onto work and scratched his ticket off in the parking lot of his workplace.

“I said, ‘Ok. I’m just going to do it fast like a Band-Aid,”’ he said. 

He said he plans to use his winnings to pay off his mortgage and some other bills to become debt-free.


Dale DeReus

Dale DeReus said ” He was told about this grant by his Old High School friend who also apply and got his grant.

He latter introduced me to the website and an agent who will help me out, then I did all what I was told to do, I don’t believe this will be real until I got a message from them that I am approved a check of $10,000.

Wow I am very excited that this can be real and I don’t have to pay it back. It only cost me the application fee and delivery fee.3