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Storm Lake Man Turns 50 And Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize

Darwin Taylor Wins Top Prize Playing the "Crossword" Scratch Game

Darwin Taylor   Hear Darwin tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Storm Lake man won the top prize of $30,000 just one day before his 50th birthday playing the lottery's "Crossword" instant-scratch game.

Darwin Taylor went to his local convenience store to grab a cup of coffee, a cookie and a scratch ticket. He certainly got more than he expected.

"That was one cheap cookie," joked Taylor. "I bought it when I got my coffee and that. Just sat, they have a couple of tables there, and I just sat there and had my coffee and scratched the ticket."

It took Taylor a couple of times to count all the words to make sure he had all 10.

"I said, 'Ah, I better run this through in case I crossed off or scratched off a letter that I shouldn't have scratched off,'" said Taylor. "I didn't. I scratched off what I was supposed to."

"She ran it through and it comes out of the machine - Woo-hoo!" laughed Taylor.

Taylor, a construction worker for Bargloff & Company, said he already shared the news with his co-workers.

"They said, 'Yeah, are you going to share some of that or take us out for supper?'" Taylor said, recalling their humor. "I said, 'No. I got my bills to pay first.'"

He also shared the good news with his family, who congratulated him on his win.

Taylor claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake. He purchased his winning ticket at One Stop Shop, 1101 N. Lake Ave. in Storm Lake.

Thanks to his win, Taylor now considers himself a lucky man.

"As of yesterday I did, otherwise it was just another ticket," he said.