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Black Hawk County Woman Wins $30,000 Lottery Prize

Ann Haraldson Wins Top Prize in 'Bonus Crossword' Game

Ann Haraldson

CLIVE, Iowa — A Black Hawk County woman said it was difficult to sleep after she scratched off a $30,000 lottery prize.

Ann Haraldson, 62, of LaPorte City won the big prize in the Iowa Lottery's "Bonus Crossword" scratch game. She bought her winning ticket at Kwik Star, 841 South St. in Jesup.

"I picked up a few tickets, took them home with me," she told officials on Monday as she claimed her prize at the lottery's Cedar Rapids regional office. "I scratched them off at home and sat at the kitchen table and screamed really loud."

Haraldson said that in the excitement of her big win, she woke up her husband, Tom. They spent hours afterward checking the ticket and counting the completed words.

"Like half the night, yeah, you could say that," she said with a laugh. "Passing it back and forth between the two of us, we got it looked at quite well."

They took the ticket back to the store the next day to check on the lottery terminal, just to be sure.

Haraldson said that besides a celebratory dinner out, she had no immediate plans to spend her winnings.

Bonus Crossword is a $3 scratch game that features overall odds of 1 in 3.52 and 144 top prizes of $30,000. For more information about this game, and the number of prizes still available, visit

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