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Woodward Woman Wins Top Prize First Time Playing Game

Dawn Bryan Wins Top Prize Playing "Holiday Bonus Crossword" Scratch Game

Dawn Bryan   Hear Dawn tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Woodward woman decided she'd try a new game and ended up winning a top prize of $50,000.

Dawn Bryan said she likes to try all kinds of scratch tickets and had never played the "Holiday Bonus Crossword" game. So when she stopped by Bouton Fuel Stop, 13780 N. Ave. in Bouton, she decided she'd try one.

"I just didn't believe it," Bryan said. "I was sure I had done something wrong."

Bryan and her daughter decided to take the ticket back to the retailer to have it validated and be sure it was a winner.

"We went to find out, and it was true!" she said.

Bryan, who works for the Iowa National Guard, said she has only told a handful of people about the big win. She's hoping the news spreads on its own.

"I'm going to wait and see if anybody else notices," Bryan said.

Bryan said she plans to put her winnings into savings until she can decide what to use the money for.

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