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Warren County Man In Disbelief After Winning $30,000 Lottery Prize

Mike Miller of Carlisle Wins Top Prize Playing the 'Crossword' Scratch Game

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Warren County man said he was in disbelief after finding out he won a $30,000 lottery prize on a "Crossword" instant-scratch ticket.

"Took a couple of minutes and I started looking this thing over after I scratched it off and I thought this just doesn't look right," said Mike Miller, of Carlisle. "I just was really kind of in shock and I thought this just can't be, just couldn't be."

Miller, 45, purchased his winning ticket Friday at Hy-Vee Gas, 912 Jefferson Way, in Indianola. He said he stopped at a Casey's on his way home to confirm his winning ticket.

"The clerk about went in shock," he said. "She was like, 'Oh my gosh; you've got to take this, I can't cash this thing out here.'"

Miller, who works for a truck rental company, claimed his prize Monday at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines. He claimed the 63rd of 97 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Iowa Lottery's Crossword scratch game.

Miller and his wife, Kelley, said they plan to pay off some bills and save the rest of their winnings.

"It was sure fantastic to win this kind of money and it will sure help us go a long ways with that," Miller said.

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.

Thirty-four top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword, as well as 50 prizes of $3,000 and thousands more prizes of $300 and $100.

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