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Pay Day Comes After Work For Davenport Man

Matt Gilmore Wins Top Prize of $30,000 Playing the "Crossword" Scratch Game

Matt Gilmore   Hear Matt tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Davenport man scratched a "Crossword" ticket to unwind after work, but ended up feeling more excited than he had all day.

Matt Gilmore, 36, claimed the 29th of 97 top prizes of $30,000 in Crossword at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids on Friday.

"I just couldn't believe it," Gilmore said. "I was in shock."

Gilmore said he had trouble sleeping before claiming his prize. He called his mom to tell her the big news, but she had a hard time believing him.

"Not at first, anyway," Gilmore said.

Gilmore said news spread quickly at UPS in Davenport where he is a sorter and everyone is happy for him.

Gilmore hasn't yet made plans for how to spend his winnings. He purchased his winning ticket at Sub Xpress & Gas, 4307 W. Locust St. in Davenport.

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