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Clay County Woman Wins $30,000 Prize On Forgotten Ticket

Susan Beving Wins the Top Prize Playing "Crossword" Scratch Game

Susan Beving   Hear Susan tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Clay County woman said she was shocked to win the top prize of $30,000 when she scratched the "Crossword" instant-scratch ticket she'd forgotten she had.

Susan Beving, 56, said she had won a small amount of money on some other tickets and she decided to get a Crossword ticket using her winnings. A few days later, she found the ticket in her purse.

"I balanced my checkbook that afternoon and saw the ticket. I found the tenth word and took it right to the bank to have them keep it safe for me," Beving said.

Beving, who is from Dickens, said the first person she called and told was her boyfriend, Doyle Engebertson.

"He was just happy for me. I had to call him on the phone because he was out doing a job," she said.

Beving, who works for a cleaning service, said she enjoys playing Crossword and the lottery's different "Bingo" tickets because they keep her busy.

"It's not something I do continuously, just every once in a while," Beving said.

Beving said she plans to use some of her winnings to pay bills, among other things.

Beving claimed her prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake. She purchased her winning ticket at Hy-Vee Gas, 727 Grand Ave. in Spencer.