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Road Construction Leads To $50,000 Lottery Prize For Evansdale Man

Steven Russell Claims Top Prize In "Super Crossword" Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - An Evansdale man credits road construction for his $50,000 lottery win.

Steven Russell said that because of highway work, he's taking a different road home from work than he normally drives, and he stopped to buy lottery tickets at a store he usually doesn't frequent.

"It was destiny, I think, I don't know," Russell said Thursday as he claimed his $50,000 prize at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. "It was really weird because I hadn't been in that store for three or four years."

Russell, 60, a quality engineer at Deere and Co. in Waterloo, claimed the 13th of 34 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery's newest "Super Crossword" instant-scratch game.

"You see other people win this stuff and we always think, 'What would it be like to win one of these bigger amounts?'" he said. "And now we know! This is so awesome!"

Russell bought his winning ticket at the Pronto Market, 3452 Lafayette Road in Evansdale.

"This is going to be my favorite store," he said. "I'll be doing business with them."

Russell said that he and his wife, Joyce, enjoy the Super Crossword game and played a few tickets Wednesday evening. The couple took the afternoon off on Thursday after realizing they'd won a big prize.

"I never expected to hit anything this big," Russell said.

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 3.65.

Russell won the game's top prize by uncovering 10 words on his ticket. He said that he and his wife have some short-term and long-term plans for the winnings.

"We're probably going to travel, maybe go on a trip," he said. "And we're probably going to stick it away in savings and I might use it to buy my insurance when I retire or something. So, it will be put to good use."

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