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Elkader Man Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize

Gene Vigen Wins Top Prize of $30,000 Playing "Crossword" Scratch Game

Gene Vigen

DES MOINES, Iowa - An Elkader man won a top prize of $30,000 playing the lottery's "Crossword" instant-scratch game.

Gene Vigen claimed his prize Aug. 17 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He purchased his winning ticket at The Store, 200 W. Bridge St. in Elkader.

Crossword is a $3 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in the ticket's puzzle. If a player uncovers 10 words, he/she wins $30,000. The overall odds of winning in the game are 1 in 3.82.

Sixty-eight prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword as well as 109 prizes of $3,000, more than 1,520 prizes of $300 and more than 7,490 prizes of $100.

Players can enter eligible non-winning scratch tickets online to earn "Points For Prizes™" points. The point value will be revealed to the player on the website upon successful submission of each eligible valid ticket. There is a limit of 30 ticket entries per day. To participate in Points For Prizes, a player must register for a free account at ialottery.com. Registration is a one-time process. Merchandise that can be ordered by using points will be listed on the website in the Points For Prizes online store. Players can choose from items in categories such as apparel, automotive, jewelry, sporting, tools and more.