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Spencer Woman Has Hard Time Believing She Won $50,000 Lottery Prize

Pam Stevens Wins Top Prize Playing "Holiday Bonus Crossword" Scratch Game

Pam Stevens   Hear Pam tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Spencer woman was in such shock over her $50,000 win playing the lottery's "Holiday Bonus Crossword" instant-scratch game, she didn't even believe the clerk who told her she'd won.

Pam Stevens, 50, said she thought she had only found nine words on her ticket, not the 10 needed to win a top prize.

"They said I needed to go to the office, that I had won $50,000," Stevens said. "And I said, 'Run it again.' I thought he was messing with me!"

The first person Stevens told was her twin sister, Tammy. Then she called her tax man, who also happens to be her husband, Sid.

"He thought I was bluffing him," Stevens said.

Stevens, who is a machinist, said she still didn't believe how much she'd won until she claimed her prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake.

"Tammy was happy for me," she said. "She said, 'Get down to that office and make sure you've won it!'"

Stevens said she plans to use some of her winnings to pay bills and plans to save the rest. She purchased her winning ticket at Crossroads, 1001 S. Grand Ave. in Spencer.

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