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Cedar Rapids College Student Wins $50,000 Lottery Prize

Alison Meloy Claims Top Prize in 'Holiday Super Crossword' Scratch Game

Alison Meloy   Hear Alison tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A stop to buy snacks led to a $50,000 lottery prize for a Cedar Rapids woman.

Alison Meloy, 25, said she stopped at Casey's, 1661 32nd St. NE in Cedar Rapids, on Saturday to buy snacks and decided to purchase a "Holiday Super Crossword" instant-scratch ticket as well, and the decision paid off.

Meloy, who is originally from Bernard, claimed the 12th of 17 top prizes of $50,000 available in the Holiday Super Crossword game. She claimed her prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

"I couldn't believe it," she said. "I had to count it over like 10 times."

Meloy, who is studying psychology at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, said her lottery winnings will be used to pay her 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 one of the game's $50,000 top prizes. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.69.

Five top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Holiday Super Crossword, as well as 12 prizes of $5,000, 21 prizes of $500 and 189 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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