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Carter Lake Woman In Total Shock Over $30,000 Win

Christina Remmen Wins Top Prize Playing "Merry Crossword" Holiday Scratch Game

Christina Remmen   Hear Christina tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Carter Lake woman was in such shock over her $30,000 win playing the lottery's "Merry Crossword" instant-scratch game, she still didn't believe she'd won even after her ticket had been validated.

Christina Remmen, 26, purchased her ticket after her shift ended at Quick Stop, 1001 E. Locust St. in Carter Lake. She went home to scratch the ticket, but returned to the store to have it validated.

"[The cashier] scanned it and told me I won $30,000 and I couldn't believe it," Remmen said.

Remmen said she knew she wouldn't truly think it was real until she visited the lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs. She claimed her prize Tuesday, the same day she scratched the ticket.

"I knew I wouldn't believe it until I saw it," she said. "I just told my dad. He was in shock too."

Remmen said the "Crossword" games are her favorite, but she'd never won such a big prize before.

"Hopefully I can put a down payment on a house with this," Remmen said.

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