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Eastern Iowa Woman Says She Would Have Been Happy With $100, But Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize

Bonnie McCrady Wins Top Prize Playing 'Tic-Tac Dough' Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - An eastern Iowa woman decided to purchase a holiday instant-scratch ticket, instead of her usual choice, and the decision paid off.

Bonnie McCrady of Le Claire purchased a "Tic-Tac Dough" scratch ticket Thursday at Slagle's Food Pride, 1301 Eagle Ridge Road in Le Claire. She said she scratched it off the same day and discovered she'd won a $30,000 top prize.

"I got home and I scratched it and I thought, 'Oh this has got to be a mistake, I must have missed something,'" McCrady, 62, said.

McCrady had her husband, Robert, double-check her ticket before she started to celebrate.

"He was a lot calmer than me," she said. "He's like, 'Wow, I think you won.'"

McCrady, who recently retired, claimed her prize Friday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. She claimed the third of seven top prizes of $30,000 available in the game.

Even after receiving her lottery winnings, McCrady said she's still doesn't believe it. She said she hasn't decided how to use her winnings.

"I'm still stunned," she said. "I mean, I would have been happy with $100."

Tic-Tac Dough is a $3 scratch game. Players win a prize by matching three game symbols in the same row, the same column, or the same diagonal line within the playing area. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.58.

Four top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Tic-Tac Dough, as well as 81 prizes of $300 and 86 prizes of $180.

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