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Grundy County Woman In Disbelief Over $30,000 Lottery Prize

Tina McDivitt Wins Top Prize Playing the "Word Bank" Scratch Game

Clayton and Tina McDivitt   Hear Tina tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Grundy County woman had a hard time believing she had just won a $30,000 lottery prize.

Tina McDivitt was just hanging out with her husband, Clayton, in the garage when she realized her "Word Bank" instant-scratch ticket had won a top prize in the lottery game.

"I'm like, 'Pinch me! Is this real?'" McDivitt said as she claimed the eighth of 12 top prizes of $30,000 available in the game on Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

McDivitt took the ticket back to Casey's, 3035 Logan Ave. in Waterloo, where she purchased it, to have it validated. She explained that she's a regular in that store, so the staff is very happy about her win.

McDivitt, who's a full-time caregiver for her grandmother, shared the good news with family and friends right away.

"They're pretty excited," McDivitt said. "We have a baby on the way next month."

McDivitt, who is from Holland, said she plans to pay off bills before the baby's arrival.

"It'll be nice at 35 to be debt free," McDivitt said.

Word Bank is a $3 scratch game. Players scratch the "bank vault letters" area to reveal 18 letters. Then they scratch each letter in the 12 words on the ticket front that corresponds to the "bank vault letters." If a player completes any word using the "bank vault letters," they win the prize shown for that word. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.79.

Four top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Word Bank, as well as seven prizes of $3,000 and several hundred prizes of $75, $100, $300 and $500.

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