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Trip To Softball Tourney Yields $50,000 Iowa Lottery Prize For Nebraska Woman

Leanne Cahill Claims Top Prize In "Super Crossword" Scratch Game

Jeff and Leanne Cahill   Hear Leanne tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A weekend trip to her daughter's softball tournament yielded a $50,000 Iowa Lottery prize for a Nebraska woman.

Leanne Cahill of Omaha, Neb., said she traveled to the Des Moines area over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and just happened to buy a lottery ticket while stopping to buy sports drinks before one of her daughter's games.

"Our son just graduated from high school," she said. "His baseball number is No. 18 and the bin with this game in it had an 18 on it for some reason, I don't know why. So, I figured that was a sign."

Cahill, 47, who works in accounting at a medical center, said they played the "Super Crossword" instant-scratch ticket in between games and then tried to keep a lid on things.

"We were being reserved, saying we've got to check it out and see, but it looks good!" she said.

Cahill's husband, Jeff, accompanied her as she claimed the fourteenth of 34 top prizes of $50,000 available in the Super Crossword scratch game. She claimed her prize Tuesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Council Bluffs.

She said their lottery win comes as a perfect time to help with their children's upcoming college expenses.

"Most of it will be going for college tuition, we're thinking," she 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.

Cahill won the game's top prize by uncovering 10 words on her ticket. She bought her winning ticket at Kum & Go, 7265 Vista Drive in West Des Moines.

Twenty top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in the latest Super Crossword game, as well as 48 prizes of $5,000 and hundreds of prizes of $500 and $100.

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