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$30,000 Prize Turns Luck Around For Waverly Woman

Anne Kohls Wins Top Prize in "Crossword" Scratch Game

Anne Kohls   Hear Anne tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - After suffering a very hard few years filled with illness and uncertainty, a Waverly woman's luck is turning around.

Anne Kohls, 41, said not only has her husband, David, been declared cancer-free, but since winning the 30th of 97 top prizes of $30,000 in the "Crossword" instant-scratch game, she now has the funds to put a down payment down on a house and start her home business.

Kohls, 41, said she's always loved playing Crosswords, so instead of surprising her with flowers David would sometimes splurge on a few tickets for Kohls.

"I scratched it in the car," Kohls said. "And I figured I had done something wrong; I scratched off a letter I wasn't supposed to."

Kohls convinced David to pull over so she could have the ticket validated; they were given the good news that they had, in fact, won big.

"He was laughing at me because I was shaking so hard," Kohls said with a laugh as she claimed her prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Kohls is currently a home maker but is planning to use some of her winnings to open her own antique business.

"I'm really excited," Kohls said.

Kohls purchased her winning ticket at Kwik Star, 500 W. Bremer Ave. in Waverly.

She said she and David are also planning to surprise their two children, who are 21 and 20 years old, with a bit of money.

"They're both young and they're both just starting out; my son is still single," Kohls said. "And they're going to get cards. We haven't decided how much, but there will be several hundred dollar bills in those cards for them."

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