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Butler County Man Wins Big Playing "Crossword"

Evan Steere Wins the Top Prize of $30,000 Playing "Crossword" Scratch Game

Evan Steere   Hear Evan tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Butler County man is shocked at his luck of winning the top prize of $30,000 after buying a "Crossword" instant-scratch ticket on a whim.

Evan Steere, 22, from Greene, said he was on his way home from work when he decided to stop for a soda and when the cashier asked him if he needed anything else, he decided to pick up a Crossword ticket.

"I didn't even plan on buying it. I don't know why, but I just said, 'Yeah, I'll have a Crossword,'" Steere said.

Steere, who works as a farm hand in Greene, said he quickly scratched the ticket before heading home and thought he'd won $100. But when he got home and showed the ticket to his dad, he looked a little closer and found nine words, thinking he'd won a $3,000 prize.

"I started looking at it better and thought I'd won $3,000. And I thought that for like half an hour. And then we found another one and figured out I'd won $30,000!" he said.

Steere said after he realized what he'd won he couldn't believe it, but he decided to call all his friends anyway.

"I kept telling them, 'For real! For real!'" Steere said.

Steere said because he just became old enough to purchase lottery tickets he hasn't played very much, but he'd tried Crossword a few times and thought it was a neat game. He said he plans to continue playing.

Steere said he plans to invest his winnings. He claimed his prize Tuesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City. He purchased his ticket at Stop-N-Shop, 201 Bradford St. in Marble Rock.