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Marshalltown Man In Disbelief Over $30,000 Lottery Prize

Lewis Kendall Wins The Top Prize of $30,000 Playing "Crossword" Scratch Game

Lewis Kendall
  Hear Kendell tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Marshalltown man said he didn't believe his wife when she told him they had won the top prize of $30,000 playing the "Crossword" scratch game.

Lewis Kendall, 39, said his wife purchased a few tickets for them to scratch while he was on a break at work. After scratching the ticket, he handed it to her to look it over.

"She looked at the letters and stuff and said, 'You won $30,000.' And I said, 'Yeah, okay,' and kept working," Kendall said. "And she said it to me like three or four different times and finally I was like, 'Okay, let's take it to the Casey's in Eldora and see if it really is that.'"

Kendall and his wife did take the ticket to the nearest retailer and the clerk confirmed the $30,000 win for them.

"They scanned it and I think the one lady about had a heart attack! I was kind of in shock and it's just unreal. I just never thought it was possible," Kendall said.

Kendall said he doesn't normally consider himself lucky, but said luck was on his side the day he scratched the ticket.

Kendall, who works for a dealership as a Ford technician, said he plans to put the winnings in the bank and save it for a rainy day. He and his wife have seven children. He said he's told most of his family about their big win. The news spread quickly in Marshalltown about the $30,000 winning ticket.

"I went in to Casey's there and there was a whole bunch of people saying, 'Somebody won $30,000 in here just yesterday.' I said, 'Okay, fine, it was me.' And it got real quiet and they all just stared at me. I'm not used to having people talk about me," Kendall said with a laugh.

Kendall claimed his prize April 22 at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines. He purchased his winning ticket at Casey's, 111 N. Third Ave. in Marshalltown.