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Friends Win Same Lottery Prize Within Two Months Of Each Other

Kevin Paper Wins Top Prize Playing "Holiday Bonus Crossword" Scratch Game

Kevin Paper   Hear Kevin tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Two months after his bowling buddy won a top prize of $50,000 playing the lottery's "Holiday Bonus Crossword" instant-scratch game, a Walcott man won the same prize playing the same game.

Kevin Paper, 49, said he and his wife, Lanette, had joked about how awesome it would be to win the same prize as their friend, Nicholas Happ.

"I said to [Lanette] over the phone, 'I think we got a Nick Happ,'" Paper said. "She said, 'You're kidding me!' Because we had talked about that."

Paper scratched his Holiday Bonus Crossword ticket while his kids were attending a church event.

"My son said, 'I think we got a winner, Dad.' And sure enough, he was right," Paper said.

Paper, who is a field supervisor for Pioneer Hybrid, said all his family and friends are very excited for him. He said he plans to use some of his winnings for a family vacation.

Paper claimed his prize Friday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He purchased his winning ticket at Casey's, 780 N. Main St. in Walcott.

Players can "Super Tech" the Halls in the Iowa Lottery's Super Tech promotion this holiday season. All ten holiday instant-scratch tickets can be entered online for a chance to win one of 250 Sony® tech prizes or one of six "Super Prizes" valued at more than $4,900 each. The eligible tickets are: "Holiday Countdown," "Holiday Bonus Crossword," "Merry Crossword," "Lucky Elves Bingo," "Holiday Wishes," "Sparkling Winnings," "Betty Boop™," "Snow Bank," "Santa Games Doubler" and "Winter Bucks." To participate in Super Tech, a player must register for a free Iowa Lottery VIP Club account at ialottery.com. Registration is a one-time process. All holiday tickets entered into Super Tech will also earn players "Points For Prizes™" points that can be used in the Iowa Lottery's online store.