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Des Moines Woman Jumping Up And Down Over $50,000 Win

Stacey DeJong Wins Top Prize Playing the "Super Crossword" Scratch Game

Stacey DeJong   Hear Stacey tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Des Moines woman couldn't contain her excitement when she realized she'd won a $50,000 lottery prize.

"At first I thought it was just a lot of letters gone. And then I got to looking. I'm like, 'Oh, I think I won $500. Oh. No. I think I won $5,000.' And then I was all excited," Stacey DeJong explained. "And then I looked a little closer and I saw an 'M,' scratched it off. And I just won $50,000! I literally was jumping up and down."

DeJong claimed the tenth of 34 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery's "Super Crossword" instant-scratch game. She took her ticket back to the store where she purchased it, Quik Trip at 4024 Fleur Drive in Des Moines, to have it validated.

"QT was giving me hugs. Everybody was hugging me," DeJong said. "I was so excited."

DeJong, 39, said her best friend, Dana Scrowther, was the first person she called to share the news. Scrowther accompanied DeJong when she claimed her prize Thursday at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines.

"I'm very happy for her," Scrowther said.

DeJong, a server at Francie's Bar and Grill in Des Moines, said everyone where she works already knows.

"All my regulars [know]. I already got a call from a couple of them," she said. "They were all happy for me. They said it couldn't happen to a better person."

DeJong said that while on her way to claim her prize, she thought about what she'd purchase with her winnings.

"On the way here I came up with, 'I need a mower,'" she said. "So I decided I'm going to write a list and be smart about it."

Super Crossword is a $5 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in either puzzle or the complete bonus word in the play area on each ticket. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.69.

Twenty-three top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in the latest Super Crossword game, as well as 53 prizes of $5,000 and hundreds of prizes of $500 and $100.

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