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Cedar Rapids Woman Unsure Of Prize, Wins $30,000

Valoree Humphrey Wins Top Prize Playing "Merry Crossword" Holiday Scratch Game

Valoree Humphrey   Hear Valoree tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids woman and her husband couldn't agree on how many words she'd found on her "Merry Crossword" ticket, and had to have the ticket validated at a local retailer to determine she'd won a top prize of $30,000.

Valoree Humphrey said she thought she had scratched eight words, but her husband, Matthew, thought she'd found all ten words needed to win a top prize.

"We saved that Crossword for last because we didn't know if I had actually won or if I messed up," Humphrey said. "He told us and he said, 'I've never seen this before!'"

Humphrey had her ticket validated where she purchased it, at Hy-Vee Drugstore, 4825 Johnson Ave. in Cedar Rapids.

"It's still not registering," Humphrey said. "I'm speechless."

Humphrey claimed her prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids, the day after she discovered her prize.

"I didn't get any sleep!" she said.

Humphrey said she didn't have too hard of a time convincing her family and friends she'd won.

"I'm just the most honest person ever," she said. "My sister called me last week to tell me she'd won $150 playing Crossword, so when I called her it was great!"

Humphrey, who is a regulatory data specialist for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, said she plans to use some of her winning to pay bills as well as plan for the holidays.

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