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Belle Plaine Woman Uncovers 10 Words, Wins $50,000 Lottery Prize

Kandace Fee Claims Top Prize in 'Holiday Super Crossword' Scratch Game

Kandace Fee   Hear Kandace tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Belle Plaine woman said she scratched off the letters on her "Holiday Super Crossword" scratch ticket and knew she had a winner.

"Well, I had a good feeling because when I scratched off all the letters I saw that I had a 'r,' an 'a' and an 'e' and I've never been able to get all three of those letters in the same crossword so I'm like, 'I'm going to at least win something on this,'" said Kandace Fee, 23.

Fee, a stay-at-home mother, said she played her ticket and kept uncovering complete words.

"Just as I was scratching it off I was noticing, 'Hey, I have this whole word and then before I even finished scratching it off my husband and I realized that I had 10 words on it. So we're like, 'OK we have to calm down,'" she said.

Fee said she had her husband, William, double-check her winning ticket and she also had it double-checked at the retailer where she purchased it - Zip Mart, 702 13th St. in Belle Plaine.

"I knew (I had won a top prize), but I took it back to the gas station where I bought it at just to make sure that I wasn't seeing something because I wanted to see it," she said.

Fee claimed her prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. She said her lottery winnings will be used to pay off her and her husband's 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.

Six top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Holiday Super Crossword, as well as 16 prizes of $5,000, 24 prizes of $500 and 230 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 www.ialottery.com..

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