Heather Reed Wins Top Prize of $30,000 Playing "Merry Crossword" Holiday Scratch Game
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DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa Falls woman was taking a break from helping her son with his homework when she discovered she'd won a top prize of $30,000 playing the lottery's "Merry Crossword" instant-scratch game.
Heather Reed, 33, said she and her son, Cody, had decided it was time for a homework break, so he was with her when she scratched the ticket.
"I thought I only had nine words," Reed said. "And he counted and said, 'No, Mom, you have ten!'"
Reed immediately asked her husband, Jim, to count the words as well.
"He said we needed to go have it checked right away," Reed said.
Reed took her ticket to a local retailer and said the clerk was very excited to validate the ticket. She purchased her winning ticket at Kum & Go, 2359 Edgington Ave. in Eldora. Reed then called family and friends to tell them the news.
"I called my Aunt Shelley. She didn't believe me at all!" Reed said.
Reed, who is a registered nurse at a long-term care facility in Eldora, said it was just luck of the draw that made her choose the Merry Crossword ticket.
"I just pick different ones sometimes," she said.
Reed plans to use some of her winnings to pay student loans as well as buy gifts for her family. She claimed her prize Dec. 7 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City.
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.