Darrel Freese Wins the Top Prize Playing "Crossword" Scratch Game
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Calhoun County man won a $30,000 top prize playing the lottery's "Crossword" instant-scratch game.
Darrel Freese, 78, of Manson became more excited with each word he matched.
"I thought I had six numbers,quot; said Darrel.
He then passed the ticket to his wife, Virginia.
"She said, "You better check again,'" said Darrel. "She had eight numbers."
Virginia then passed the ticket back to Darrel for another look.
"We got more than that!" exclaimed Darrel. "We got ten! It got better all the time!"
After finding out their ticket was a $30,000 winner, they signed the back of it and called their daughter to take it back to the Kum & Go to have it verified.
Darrel, who is retired, purchased his winning Crossword ticket at Kum & Go, 208 Main St. in Manson.
The Freeses have been telling family and friends about their big win.
"The neighbor came over and had a beer with me last night," said Darrel.
After having some health issues during the past week, Darrel is starting to feel a little better.
"It helps a lot!" he said.
Darrel said he will probably fix up his house and pay for a short vacation with the money.
He claimed his prize on July 1 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake.