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Muscatine Man Wins Big Money Before Wedding

Ryan Taylor Wins Top Prize of $30,000 Playing "Crossword" Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Muscatine man will get to enjoy his upcoming wedding a bit more now that he's won a top prize of $30,000 playing the lottery's "Crossword" instant-scratch game.

Ryan Taylor, 27, said he and his fiancée are planning a destination wedding in Las Vegas in November, and this $30,000 win is going to make it that much more special.

"My mom and sister weren't going to be able to come out, so now I'll probably be able to fly my family out for the wedding," Taylor said.

Taylor said he was home when he scratched the ticket and was in complete shock.

"At first I thought I won three grand," he said. "I couldn't believe it; I was so excited, I called my whole family."

Taylor, who works for a grain processing company, claimed his prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

"We've been having good luck. We won a free trip to get married in Las Vegas, too," Taylor said.

Taylor said he plans to use some of his winnings for the wedding, as well as spend some on his two children.

He bought his winning ticket at Hy-Vee Drugstore, 510 E. Sixth St. in Muscatine.

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-six prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword as well as 104 prizes of $3,000, more than 1,420 prizes of $300 and more than 7,000 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.