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Montezuma Woman Uncovers 10 Words, Wins $50,000 Lottery Prize

DeeDee Phillips Claims Top Prize in 'Holiday Super Crossword' Scratch Game

DeeDee Phillips   Hear DeeDee tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Montezuma woman checked her instant-scratch ticket several times before she discovered she had won a $50,000 top prize.

DeeDee Phillips said she initially only counted nine complete words on her "Holiday Super Crossword" ticket, but eventually found the 10th word which meant she won one of the game's top prizes.

"It was like the fourth time checking it," Phillips said. "I'm like, 'No wait, that's 10 words,' and then I got kind of freaked out."

Phillips purchased her winning ticket Nov. 12 at the convenience store she manages - D J C-Store, 100 S. Front St. in Montezuma.

"I started scratching it on (Nov. 12) and for whatever reason I didn't finish," she said. "I just put it down and then (Thursday) I picked it up and finished it and that was the one."

Phillips said she had her daughter double-check her winning ticket and she also went to her store to have a clerk verify it.

Phillips claimed her prize Friday at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.

Phillips said she told her family the good news right away and the news spread quickly.

"It's a very small town so everybody has come in (to my store) and given me their Christmas lists," she said.

Phillips said she hasn't decided how she'll spend her lottery winnings.

Holiday 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. Players who uncover 10 complete words win one of the game's $50,000 top prizes. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.69.

Ten top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Holiday Super Crossword, as well as 25 prizes of $5,000, 32 prizes of $500 and hundreds of prizes of $100.

Players can enter nonwinning Holiday Super Crossword scratch tickets online in the Gifts Galore Play It Again® promotion, which offers 310 Sony® electronics and cash prizes. When a player enters an eligible nonwinning scratch ticket in Gifts Galore, he or she will receive one entry in the drawing for the corresponding Sony® electronic or cash prize category. The deadline to enter is noon, Jan. 13. For rules and complete details, visit www.ialottery.com.

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