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Western Iowa Woman Purchases First Scratch Ticket, Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize

Tina Jacobsen Wins Top Prize Playing 'Let It Snow Crossword' Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A western Iowa woman bought her first Iowa Lottery instant-scratch ticket and ended up winning a $30,000 top prize.

Tina Jacobsen, 38, of Missouri Valley said she stopped Thursday to buy gas at Quik Pik, 502 W. Erie St. in Missouri Valley, and decided to purchase a "Let It Snow Crossword" ticket as well.

"I actually just had a feeling I should buy a couple of tickets," Jacobsen said.

Jacobsen said she thought she had won $3,000 and was pleasantly surprised to learn she had won a $30,000 top prize when a lottery employee validated her ticket.

"I guess I just thought it was $3,000," she said. "I was so excited at $3,000, I didn't even think much of it."

Jacobsen claimed her prize Friday at the lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs. She claimed the 10th of 33 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Let It Snow Crossword game.

Jacobsen, who recently got married, said her husband, Devin Stahl, likes playing Crossword games so she decided to buy one.

Jacobsen said her lottery winnings will be used for a down payment on a house.

"I just have to absorb what just happened. I'm still really in shock and excited," she said.

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-three top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Let It Snow Crossword, as well as 37 prizes of $3,000, 522 prizes of $300 and thousands of prizes of $100.

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