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Fort Dodge Man Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize

John Merz Wins Top Prize Playing 'Crossword' Scratch Game

John Merz

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Fort Dodge man has won a $30,000 lottery prize.

John Merz claimed the 13th of 86 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Iowa Lottery's newest "Crossword" instant-scratch game.

Merz claimed his prize Thursday at the lottery's regional office in Storm Lake. He purchased his winning ticket at Dale's Corner Store, 231 Fifth Ave. N. in Fort Dodge.

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.

Seventy-three top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword (game #805), as well as 113 prizes of $3,000 and thousands of prizes of $300 and $100.

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