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Boone Woman Excited About $50,000 Lottery Win

Connie Carter Claims Top Prize in 'Super Crossword' Scratch Game

Connie Carter   Hear Connie tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Boone woman used the $5 she won on an Iowa Lottery instant-scratch ticket to purchase a "Super Crossword" ticket and ended up winning a top prize of $50,000.

Connie Carter, 44, said she thought she only won $500 at first.

"Then I started counting (the words)," she said. "Found out that it was 10!"

Carter said she went to a retailer to verify her winning ticket and when the clerk told her she won $50,000, she "started shaking."

Carter claimed the 23rd of 34 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery's Super Crossword scratch game. She claimed her prize Friday at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.

Carter purchased her winning ticket at Kum & Go, 1704 S. Story St. in Boone.

Carter and her husband, Jerry, said the lottery winnings will be used to help purchase a house in Boone.

"We want a house, we don't want to live in an apartment anymore," Carter said. "It will be a nice down payment."

Super Crossword is a $5 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in either puzzle or the complete bonus word in the play area on each ticket. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.69.

Eleven top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Super Crossword, as well as 22 prizes of $5,000, 40 prizes of $500 and hundreds of prizes of $100.

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