Richard Twohy Wins Top Prize Playing "Crossword" Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa City man has won the top prize of $30,000 in the "Crossword" instant-scratch game.
Richard Twohy said he was in his vehicle when he scratched the ticket, and he was pretty sure he had won the top prize, but he waited and took the ticket to his favorite convenience store to have it validated.
"It was like slow motion shock and amazement back to back to back sort of, but I still had my self-control about me," Twohy said.
The clerk at his favorite store verified that there was very good news.
Twohy, 65, joked about winning the top prize in the instant-scratch game based on spelling words in a puzzle: "I was the best speller in class!" he laughed.
Twohy purchased his winning ticket at Casey's, 204 N. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. He claimed his $30,000 prize Tuesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.
He knew very well how to find the lottery office since in October of 2009, Twohy won $250,000 in the "Bingo Times 10" instant-scratch game.
Twohy said with his previous winnings he was able to buy a newer car, pay bills, give to charitable causes he supports and help his family. And one other big life change will come about as a result of his first win.
"I'm moving with the proceeds from my first win to my hometown of San Jose, California, which has only one season - temperate," he said.
With the money from his most recent win, he said he might get some dental work done.
Twohy, who makes his living as a life coach, had some advice for lottery players.
"This sequence of winning again, it's something that gives hope to everybody. [It] really happens and it can even happen again," Twohy said.