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Worth County Woman Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize Playing 'Crossword' Game

Nicole Ziemann Claims Top Prize In Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Worth County woman has travel plans in her future after winning a $30,000 Iowa Lottery prize.

"I'm going to pay off some bills and go visit some family out of town," Nicole Ziemann of Kensett said as she claimed her prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City.

Ziemann, 24, claimed the 39th of 97 top prizes of $30,000 available in the "Crossword" instant-scratch game. She said she bought her winning ticket on Sunday and realized as she played it that something unusual was occurring.

"I was just sitting there scratching it, it just looked different than I normally play, like I had more to cross out than normal," she said.

Ziemann, who works at Rembrandt Foods, an egg-production company, said that she had her husband double-check the ticket for her and they then went together to the store to check it again. She bought her winning ticket at Casey's, 101 N. Lake St. in Lake Mills.

Crossword is a $3 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in the ticket's puzzle. If a player uncovers 10 words, he/she wins $30,000. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.82.

Fifty-eight top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword along with 87 prizes of $3,000, more than 1,200 prizes of $300 and more than 5,800 prizes of $100.

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