A Cedar Rapids grandfather who was playing the numbers for the year he was born won 42 prizes totaling $200,000 – all in one drawing of the Pick 4 game. And he said his big win came together just like he’d hoped!
Wiley Tuley hit it big in the evening Pick 4 drawing last Thursday. The winning numbers that night were: 1-9-4-3, and Tuley matched all four numbers on each of the 14 tickets he'd purchased.
Now, Tuley really does understand that the results of lottery drawings are completely random. But he'll tell you with a grin that he also sees nothing wrong with adding a little science to the mix!
Here's how his big win came together: Tuley bought seven tickets at the Hy-Vee supermarket on Wilson Avenue in Cedar Rapids and then went across the street to the Hy-Vee Gas and bought the same set of tickets there. Each of his tickets had three plays on it for Thursday's evening Pick 4 drawing.
He chose his own numbers: 1-9-4-3 for the year he was born. All four of those numbers hit that night, so each of his plays won a prize. In all, he won 32 prizes of $6,000, two prizes of $3,000 and eight prizes of $250. The prizes were for different amounts because of the types of plays he made.
Tuley says he plays Pick 4 only occasionally, and his decision to play is based upon what he sees happening in the game's drawings. He tracks the Pick 4 winning numbers and when some of his numbers are selected in a drawing, he buys tickets for the next one. Last Wednesday, three of the numbers that he plays were selected in the Pick 4 evening drawing. So he made a combination of straight and box players for the evening drawing on Thursday - and you know what happened next!
When he left our office, Tuley was going home to surprise his wife, Carol, with the news about his big win. He predicted that she might not believe him at first, and then she'd need to send an email to their sons telling them that his lottery win was NOT one of their dad’s tall tales.
What an incredible story. Congrats, Wiley!