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Northern Iowa Man Uncovers 10 Words, Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize

Garrett Manwarren, of Emmetsburg, Wins Top Prize Playing 'Let It Snow Crossword' Game

Garrett Manwarren   Hear Garrett tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A northern Iowa man said he was in disbelief after playing an Iowa Lottery "Let It Snow Crossword" instant-scratch ticket.

"Just started scratching them off and I couldn't believe that I had 10 words," said Garrett Manwarren of Emmetsburg.

Manwarren, 35, claimed the second of 33 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Let It Snow Crossword game.

Manwarren, a farmer, said he had a store clerk double-check his winning ticket before claiming his prize Tuesday at the lottery's regional office in Mason City. He purchased his winning ticket the same day at Hometown Convenience, 1303 Main St. in Emmetsburg.

Manwarren said he plans to use his lottery winnings to pay off some bills and buy holiday presents for his family.

Let It Snow 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-one top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Let It Snow Crossword, as well as 45 prizes of $3,000, 666 prizes of $300 and thousands of prizes of $100.

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