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Ottumwa Man Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize

James Thudium Jr. Wins Top Prize Playing the "Crossword" Scratch Game

James Thudium Jr

DES MOINES, Iowa - An Ottumwa man has won a $30,000 lottery prize.

James Thudium Jr. claimed the 41st of 97 top prizes of $30,000 available in the lottery's "Crossword" instant-scratch game.

Thudium claimed his prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines. He purchased his winning ticket at Casey's, 203 S. Lincoln in Knoxville.

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-six top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword, as well as 78 prizes of $3,000 and thousands more prizes of $300 and $100.

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