- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Rapids man has won $200,000 playing the numbers of his birth year in the Iowa Lottery’s Pick 4 game.

Lottery officials say 70-year-old Wiley Tuley, a retired grandfather, developed a strategy to play the numbers 1-9-4-3. He bought seven tickets at a grocery store and seven more at a gas station, all with the same set of numbers. Each of his tickets contained three plays for Thursday evening’s Pick 4 drawing.

All four of his numbers were drawn. He won 32 prizes of $6,000, two prizes of $3,000 and eight prizes of $250.

Pick 4 plays range from 50 cents to $5 for the chance to match a four-digit combination. Players choose to try to pick the four numbers in exact order, in any order, and other ways.

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