Douglas Gummeson Wins the Top Prize of $30,000 Playing "Crossword" Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - After winning the top prize of $30,000 playing the lottery's "Lucky Lines" instant-scratch game earlier this month, a Central City man has hit it big again, winning the top prize of $30,000 playing "Crossword."
Douglas Gummeson, 58, said he had just finished dinner when he scratched his lucky Crossword ticket.
"My ex-wife and I had just eaten and we scratched a few and got lucky!" Gummeson said.
Gummeson said he hasn't spent any of his winnings from his Lucky Lines prize, which he claimed on April 5, so winning a second time was shocking.
"Man, I couldn't believe it," he said.
Gummeson said his ex-wife, Martha, was in shock too when he scratched the winning ticket.
"We've just been going over the words making sure they were all there," he said. "We've gone over it about 10 times I think."
Gummeson said he definitely considers himself a lucky guy; he said he won this very same prize in 2008. He said everyone he's told is in disbelief.
Gummeson said he hasn't made any definite plans for his winnings, but he's thinking about taking a trip.
Gummeson claimed his prize April 18 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He purchased his winning ticket at Murphy USA, 5497 Business Hwy. 151 in Marion.