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Road Trip Proves Lucky For Denison Woman

Kendra Suarez Wins Top Prize of $30,000 Playing "Merry Crossword" Holiday Scratch Game

Kendra Suarez   Hear Kendra tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Denison woman was taking a short trip with her family when she discovered she'd won a top prize of $30,000 playing the lottery's "Merry Crossword" instant-scratch game.

Kendra Suarez, 22, said she and her family were on their way to visit her niece when she decided to purchase a Merry Crossword ticket from Ettleman's Town and Country, 200 E. Fulton St. in Dow City.

"One by one I started getting the words," Suarez said. "I got all excited when I got to number nine and I told my husband, 'Honey, you have to pull over!'"

Suarez had her husband check over the ticket and they realized she'd won a $30,000 prize.

"He said, 'I can't believe this,'" Suarez said. "I called my dad right away and told him about it."

Suarez said once the family reached their destination they had the ticket validated at a retailer.

"She opened her eyes really big and said, 'Oh my gosh, you just won!'" Suarez said.

Suarez claimed her prize Nov. 28 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs.

"I was kind of nervous that I didn't win," Suarez said. "It was really nerve-racking."

Suarez said she plans to use some of her winnings to pay bills as well as visit her husband's family in Mexico.

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.