Quite a few Eastern Iowans are ringing in the new year with a few extra zeros in their bank accounts.

Earlier this month, we shared with you the story of Francis Heim of Dunkerton. The man turned $20 into $250,000 just by buying a scratch off ticket with the Iowa Lottery.

You can read more about that here!

Now, another man from our neck of the woods is taking home some extra dough.

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Meet Suljo Sinanovic

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Iowa Lottery

Sinanovic is a Waterloo resident, who just got a whole lot richer. He purchased a $10 scratch ticket at the nearby Neighborhood Mart. This spot is located at 2100 Lafayette Street in Waterloo.

The lucky Eastern Iowan won one of the $100,000 grand prizes through the game. Sinanovic redeemed his prize on Friday, January 5th at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

After some digging, I realized that this name might be a bit familiar, at least to me. Almost two years ago exactly, another man with the same last name won $100,000 as well with the Iowa Lottery!

His name is Salih Sinanovic and in January of 2022, he bought a winning scratch ticket from a Waterloo convenience store as well!

Could they be related to each other in any way? If so, then that is one incredibly lucky family!

Do you see a slight resemblance between the two men?

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Iowa Lottery

After doing some research, there was no way to confirm or deny the possibility that these two winners might be related.

A Little About the Game He Played

Sinanovic played a scratch game called the "$100,000 Mega Crossword." 

It's a $10 scratch game and has 46 top prizes of $100,000 and 92 prizes of $10,000. The overall odds for this game are 1 in 3.29.

If you need more information about the Iowa Lottery and any past or future winners, make sure to check out their official website here.

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