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Iowa Lottery "Crossword" Game Proves Lucky For South Dakota Player

Cathy Morris Wins Top Prize Playing the "Crossword" Scratch Game

Cathy Morris   Hear Cathy tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Sturgis, S.D., woman said she was excited to see her favorite scratch game sold in Iowa, but was even more excited when she won its top prize of $30,000.

Cathy Morris, 46, and her husband, Art, were traveling through Colfax when they stopped for gas and grabbed a "Crossword" instant-scratch ticket as well.

"We're scraping, we have three words, pretty soon there's four. 'Good, this is going pretty good.' Pretty soon there's seven, we think. 'A hundred dollars! Cool! We'll run in and get our hundred dollars and be on our way,'" Morris said. "Lady takes the ticket from us and runs it through the machine. She goes, 'It's not a hundred-dollar winner.'"

Morris and her husband thought they had done something wrong until the clerk told them the actual amount they had won -- $30,000. Morris said they were speechless, while the clerk was excited to have sold the winning ticket.

"We just stuttered. We stayed out in the parking lot for twenty minutes because we couldn't drive," she said.

Morris said they didn't waste any time telling their four children and their other family and friends the good news.

Her husband, Art, said the kids didn't believe they had won because before they left for their trip, he told them, "We will be back Monday, unless your mom wins $30,000." Art thinks the win was meant to be.

While Cathy Morris' original plan was to continue on to Peoria, she and her husband decided to spend the night in Des Moines before claiming the prize Friday, July 23, at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters.

"I was tossing and turning, thinking, 'Is this really true? Is this a dream?'" she said.

Morris said she and Art plan to use the winnings to add an additional room onto their home.

Morris purchased her winning ticket at Kum & Go, 1200 N. Walnut St. in Colfax.