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Cedar Rapids Man Wins $30,000 in Lottery

DES MOINES, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28)  A Cedar Rapids man joked with his mother that he never wins while scratching off an Iowa Lottery Crossword instant-scratch ticket and ended up winning a $30,000 top prize.

It was funny because she just, when we were scratching it, she asked me, How much have you ever won on this ticket? And Im like, I never win on this stupid thing, Robert Miller, 36, said. I buy enough of them I should be due to win something at some point.

Miller claimed the 74th of 97 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Crossword scratch game. He claimed his prize Thursday at the lotterys regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Miller purchased his winning ticket at Tobacco Outlet Plus, 124 Collins Road NE in Cedar Rapids. He said he doesnt normally purchase lottery tickets at that location, but his mother came to visit and they got something to eat at a store nearby.

My moms more excited than I am, I think, Miller said.

Miller, a single dad, said he plans to use his lottery winnings to set up college savings accounts for his two daughters.

Crossword is a $3 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in the tickets 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.

Twenty-three top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword, as well as 30 prizes of $3,000, 332 prizes of $300 and thousands of prizes of $100.

Since the lotterys start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.1 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.4 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.

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