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Davenport Woman Expects $5,000 Prize, Wins $50,000 Instead

Sandra Speer Wins Top Prize of $50,000 Playing "Super Crossword" Scratch Game

Sandra Speer   Hear Sandra tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Davenport woman said she and her husband were expecting to get a $5,000 check right up until they claimed their prize at an Iowa Lottery regional office.

Sandra Speer, 58, said she and her husband, Bob, were sure she'd won a $5,000 prize on her "Super Crossword" scratch ticket, but soon learned she'd actually won a top prize of $50,000.

"Until we got up here we thought we won $5,000, so I'm still in shock," Speer said.

Speer said even when she thought it was a $5,000 prize, Bob didn't believe her. She even took the ticket to a local retailer to have it scanned, but still was unable to clearly understand what she'd won.

"Well, she printed up a receipt, but there's no commas, so we thought it was five thousand," Speer said.

Speer said when she claimed her prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids, she could've fallen over when she heard what she'd actually won. She hadn't yet told anyone the news about her big win.

"I don't know who I want to share it with first," she said.

Speer said she plans to use some of her winnings to take a vacation. She purchased her winning ticket at Casey's, 3700 W. Locust St. in Davenport.