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Stop For Snacks Pays Off For Waterloo Man

Samuel Hirsh Wins $30,000 Top Prize Playing 'Crossword' Scratch Game

Samuel Hirsch   Hear Samuel tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A "Crossword" scratch ticket ended up being worth a lot more than a Waterloo man initially thought.

Samuel Hirsch, 39, said he didn't know he had won a $30,000 top prize until he gave his ticket a second look.

"I started scratching it and for a minute I thought I won like 200, 300 bucks and then I missed a letter," he said. "It took me like a good half hour to really figure out that I won $30,000."

Hirsch claimed the 30th of 86 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Crossword game. He claimed his prize Monday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Hirsch purchased his winning ticket Saturday at Casey's, 3260 University Ave. in Waterloo. He said he was hungry and decided to stop for some snacks and ended up buying a scratch ticket as well.

"It's crazy, I still can't believe," he said.

Hirsch, who works at the John Deere Foundry in Waterloo, said he hasn't made a final decision on how he'll spend his winnings, but some house repairs and paying bills are on his list.

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.

Fifty-six top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword (game #805), as well as 84 prizes of $3,000 and thousands of prizes of $300 and $100.

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