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"Crossword" Winner Gets No Sleep Before Claiming Top Prize

Hillary Dalton Wins Top Prize of $30,000 Playing "Crossword" Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Morrison, Ill. woman said she hardly slept at all the night before claiming the top prize of $30,000 in the Iowa Lottery's "Crossword" instant-scratch game.

Hillary Dalton, 21, said she bought the ticket on her way home from Main Family Dental Care in Davenport, where she works as a dental assistant.

"I was just watching TV relaxing while I was scratching it. Then I wasn't sure if I got all of the ten words; I thought it was only nine until I made my boyfriend count it again," Dalton said.

Dalton said she and her boyfriend, Josh Bousman, took the ticket back to Hy-Vee Gas at 809 S. Fourth St. in Clinton to have it validated. Dalton said she tried to go to work the next day, but had trouble convincing her coworkers of the win.

"I told them that I won and they didn't believe me, so I had to show them the ticket," Dalton said. "I told them I was afraid to lose it so they let me leave to come claim it."

Dalton said her family and Josh's family didn't believe her either.

"That's just the way Josh is; he's a jokester," Dalton said.

Dalton said she plans to save her winnings until she can decide how best to use them.

Dalton claimed her prize Aug. 2 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.