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Benton County Man Makes A Lucky Stop, Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize

Craig Ivester Wins Top Prize Playing 'Crossword' Scratch Game

Craig Ivester   Hear Craig tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A last-minute stop was very lucky for an eastern Iowa man, who won a $30,000 top prize on an instant-scratch ticket.

Craig Ivester of Van Horne, a driver sales representative, decided to take a break May 7 at Kwik Stop, 740 18th Ave. SW in Dyersville. While he was there he purchased a couple of "Crossword" tickets so that he and his wife, Jodi, could scratch them when he got home.

"The next morning we got up and scratched our tickets and low and behold I hit it," Ivester said. "I didn't believe it, but I hit it."

Ivester ended up winning the 20th of 86 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Crossword game. He claimed his prize Thursday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Ivester said he was joking recently with his co-workers that he was going to win a big lottery prize in the near future.

"I've been saying I'm going to hit a jackpot here, and this is a prelude to the big one I guess," he said.

The 44-year-old said his lottery winnings will be used to buy a new roof for his home and pay for an upcoming vacation.

Crossword is a $3 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in the ticket's puzzle. If a player uncovers 10 words, he/she wins $30,000. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.82.

Sixty-three top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword (game #805), as well as 92 prizes of $3,000 and thousands of prizes of $300 and $100.

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