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Council Bluffs Woman Plans To Make Dream Come True With $30,000 Win

Amber Torres Wins Top Prize Playing the "Crossword" Scratch Game

Amber Torres   Hear Amber tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Council Bluffs woman said the first thing she plans to do with her $30,000 lottery win is make one of her dreams come true for her and her children.

"I think the first thing I want to do is go buy a house for the kids," Amber Torres shared. "Just a little one that I know is mine."

Torres claimed the 54th of 97 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Iowa Lottery's "Crossword" instant-scratch game.

Torres, 23, said she couldn't believe it when she won.

"I kept on checking it and checking it and checking it," she said. "It was a winner."

Torres claimed her prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs. She purchased her winning ticket at Billy's 66, 2659 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs.

Torres, a stay-at-home mom, shared the news with her boyfriend, Richie Bequette, and her four children who range in age from 8 months to 6 years.

"The three older ones know that I have a bunch of money," she laughed. "And they're going shopping."

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.

Forty-two top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword, as well as 65 prizes of $3,000 and thousands more prizes of $300 and $100.

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