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Columbus Junction Man Gets Early Morning Surprise

Larry Murphy Wins Top Prize Playing "Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game"

Larry Murphy   Hear Larry tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Columbus Junction man decided to scratch his "Crossword" tickets before work and discovered he'd won a top prize of $30,000.

Larry Murphy, 55, said he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw what he'd won.

"I thought I only had nine words but then I looked, and looked again and said, 'Nope, I've got ten!'" Murphy said. "I actually had to take a pen and mark the words."

Murphy took his ticket to a local retailer to have his ticket validated.

"He said, 'You'll have to take this to the lottery,'" Murphy said. "I've been trying a long time to win this!"

Murphy said he hasn't yet told his wife, Joy, about the big news because he wants to surprise her.

"She still doesn't know, I don't think, unless someone has told her," Murphy said. "She seems to know everyone in town, so we'll see how fast news traveled."

Murphy is co-owner of Precision Transmissions with his brother, and decided to close the doors to claim his prize June 15 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

"He didn't believe me at first," Murphy said. "He was like, 'No way!'"

Murphy said he plans to use some of his winnings to add a few things to his existing drum set, and plans to save the rest. He purchased his winning ticket at Kum & Go, 1178 Enterprise Drive in Riverside.

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