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Des Moines Man Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize

Charles Vanni Jr. Wins Top Prize Playing 'Let It Snow Crossword' Game

Charles Vanni

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Des Moines man has won a $30,000 lottery prize.

Charles Vanni Jr. claimed the seventh of 33 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Iowa Lottery's new "Let It Snow Crossword" instant-scratch game.

Vanni claimed his prize Friday at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines. He purchased his winning ticket at Quik Trip, 4575 NW Second Ave. in Des Moines.

Let It Snow 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.

Twenty-six top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Let It Snow Crossword, as well as 39 prizes of $3,000, 573 prizes of $300 and thousands of prizes of $100.

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