Kevin Cousins Wins the Top Prize of $30,000 Playing the "Crossword" Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Dallas County man said he was riding in the car with his family after visiting his daughter in Cedar Rapids when he discovered he'd won the top prize of $30,000 playing the lottery's "Crossword" instant-scratch game.
Kevin Cousins, from De Soto, said he had saved his two tickets all weekend to scratch on the ride home. When he did, everyone was shocked at what he'd won.
"I thought my wife was going to wreck the truck," Cousins joked as he claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.
Cousins, who is a truck driver for Dedicated Logistics in Des Moines, said he had his wife pull into a convenience store when they got off the road so he could have his ticket checked.
"I asked [the cashier] if she'd check it. So she did, and she said, 'Oh my gosh! Thirty thousand dollars!'" he said.
Cousins, who admitted to being a big jokester, said not many of his family members or friends can believe he actually won. He called his daughter back in Cedar Rapids to tell her the good news.
"Of course she didn't believe me. Her boyfriend still doesn't believe me," Cousins said. "Her boyfriend called my wife, and she had to say, 'No, he really did!"
Cousins, 55, said he really feels lucky that nothing happened to his ticket before he scratched it, because it had been lying in his hotel room all weekend.
"Immediately when I got out of the truck I signed it," he said.
Cousins said he plans to invest some of his winnings as well as help his daughter pay some student loans.
Cousins purchased his winning ticket at Kum & Go, 1203 Guthrie in De Soto.