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Dubuque Man Wins More Than He Originally Thought, Takes Home $50,000 Lottery Prize

Lucas Bohnsack Claims First Top Prize in 'Holiday Super Crossword' Scratch Game

Lucas Bohnsack   Hear Lucas tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Lucas Bohnsack was pleasantly surprised to find out his winning Iowa Lottery "Holiday Super Crossword" instant-scratch ticket was worth a lot more than he originally anticipated.

"I only thought I actually had eight words because I had missed scratching two of them," he said.

Bohnsack said he used a self-scanner to double check his ticket and learned that he had a $50,000-winning ticket, not a $500 one. Bohnsack, 24, currently lives in Dubuque, but is originally from Wilton.

"My jaw dropped and basically I was like, 'Well, that will help pay off some student loans,'" he said.

Bohnsack claimed the first of 17 top prizes of $50,000 available in the new Holiday Super Crossword game. He claimed his prize Oct. 4 at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Bohnsack purchased his winning ticket at Kennedy Lottery inside Kennedy Mall, 555 John F Kennedy Road in Dubuque. Bohnsack works at a jewelry retailer inside the mall and purchased his winning ticket during a break from work Oct. 3.

Bohnsack said he plans to use his lottery winnings to pay bills and pay off a large portion of his student loans.

Holiday 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. Players who uncover 10 complete words win the game's $50,000 top prize. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.69.

Fifteen top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Holiday Super Crossword, as well as 33 prizes of $5,000, 49 prizes of $500 and hundreds of prizes of $100.

Players can enter nonwinning Holiday Super Crossword scratch tickets online in the Gifts Galore Play It Again® promotion, which offers 310 Sony® electronics and cash prizes. When a player enters an eligible nonwinning scratch ticket in Gifts Galore, he or she will receive one entry in the drawing for the corresponding Sony® electronic or cash prize category. The deadline to enter is noon, Jan. 13. For rules and complete details, visit

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