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Late-Night Win Comes At Good Time For Dubuque Woman

Mary Leick Wins the Top Prize Playing "Crossword" Scratch Game

Mary Leick   Hear Mary tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Dubuque woman said she was lucky her sister was awake in the middle of the night to help her count the words on her "Crossword" scratch ticket when she thought she'd won the top prize of $30,000.

It turns out Mary Leick, 46, was right - she had won the top prize.

"I woke my sister up to go through it with me because I told her I thought I'd won three thousand or something," Leick said.

Leick is no stranger to winning playing the Crossword game; this is her third top-prize win since 2009. But she said she always wins at a good time. This time the winnings will help her pay bills associated to a car accident she suffered a few months ago.

"[My sister] said, 'You won the thirty thousand again!' And I said, 'No way!'" Leick said. "We needed it more this time than we did the last time."

Leick said she immediately woke up her husband and son, who were both fast asleep and they were both startled, but very happy for her.

"Actually we got on the phone and we woke up practically everyone we knew," Leick said with a laugh.

Leick said she plans to use some of her winnings to pay bills as well as help out family.

"I have a nephew that has a sick baby and we want to help him," Leick said.

Leick claimed her prize Jan. 31 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. She purchased her winning ticket at Eagle Country Market, 1800 Elm St. in Dubuque.