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Clinton Man Credits His Wife For $30,000 Lottery Prize

Richard Conklin Wins Top Prize Playing the "Holiday Crossword" Scratch Game

Richard Conklin   Hear Richard tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Clinton man said he has to give his wife some of the credit for his $30,000 top-prize win playing the "Holiday Crossword" instant-scratch game since it was her idea to stop for tickets.

Richard Conklin, 61, and his wife, Bonnie, were on their way home from doing some shopping when they came upon the Pleasant Valley Amoco, 17948 Great River Road in Pleasant Valley. Bonnie asked Conklin to stop for a few Crossword tickets.

"We went home, were sitting there in front of the TV and decided to scratch them," Conklin said. "I told her, 'Well, I have seven words.' And she didn't believe me so she had to look at it."

It would become harder for Bonnie to believe Conklin because as he kept scratching, he revealed he had uncovered all ten words needed to win a top prize.

"I told her what I needed, an S or a U or something like that," he said. "The first letter out of the two left was the S and I about had a heart attack."

Conklin said he'd already shared the big news with their children.

"They were surprised," he said. "They didn't believe me at first."

Conklin, who is a retired painter, said they took their ticket to a nearby retailer to have the ticket validated. He claimed his prize Friday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Conklin said this was probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him and had a good idea of how to best use his winnings.

"I'm going to pay all my bills that I can pay off with it," he said.

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