Who knew that something as simple as doing a crossword puzzle good give one so much relaxation and joy? And who else knew that a crossword puzzle could lead to winning big cash amounts too? We certainly didn’t. Read the full story below about how 68-year-old Mary Jane Wonick from Iowa City in the USA always bought her lottery tickets three at a time, and how it paid off for her.
Mary Jane Wonick is a passionate lottery player in Iowa City. This habit of buying three lotto tickets at a time really did put her in good stead, because she managed to win a $50,000 cash prize. The prize was won for the Iowa Lottery ‘Super Crossword’ scratch card game for the 1st of May, 2015. Mary’s wins means that there is just one $50,000 prize left to be won by someone in her town. Her win was the 36th biggest in the game so far.
It was just last month that we told you about a winner by the name of Steven Van Hecke who won the amazing $100,000 prize on a Mega Crossword Game. The latest big winner has said that the only reason she plays the lottery is for “fun and relaxation”, believing that it was never going to make her rich. She said she never really worried too much about actually winning. Of course, she always thought a win would be an absolute dream come true, but it wasn’t the main reason why she played the lottery.
The winning Super Crossword scratch card was bought from the North Dodge Express in Iowa City on the 1st of May, 2015. Mary sometimes also gets her scratch cards from the local gas station but those ones she buys don’t win her anything so often. The 68-year-old did not immediately check her ticket. Instead she decided to check it once she had arrived at home.
Mary Jane considers herself an experienced player. Her method is scratching off the whole card and then checking to see how many words she’s managed to make. “I thought, ‘Gee, 10 words? Oh my gosh!” said the elated Super Crossword winner.
Mary’s husband was out of the house at the time, working in a neighbour’s yard at the time when Mary broke the big news to him about their win. Her husband just said, “Yeah, right” incredulously and carried on working. Once he was finished with his work, he decided to check the ticket, but he got the feeling that it was best to go and rather get it verified to make sure there were no mistakes.
Mary Jane Wonick actually surprisingly had another $20 winning ticket in alongside the $50,000 prize for the Super Crossword scratch card. Mary told reporters that she decided to go to a local convenience store in order to check the scratch card and to make sure she hadn’t made any mistakes or thought she had won when she hadn’t.
After being at the convenience store and checking her ticket, the friendly shop assistant asked her, “Ma’m, do you know how much you’ve won?” Mary answered with, “Well, I think $50,000, hopefully.”
Mary was right. She had indeed won the incredible $50,000 prize. She put the winning ticket in her safe when she got home. On the Friday night, she woke up at 3am to ask her husband to go down and check that she had been given back the right scratch car, but her husband was still out at the time. She simply couldn’t believe her luck, and she wanted to make sure that she got every detail right and had her correct ticket kept safe so that she could reclaim her cash prize without any obstacles or hassles in the way.
Mary Jane says that she will be using the blessed winnings to buy a new car she has wanted and needed for a long while now. She is still incredulous at the fact that years of enjoying her crosswords have now actually made her a winner. She feels very blessed and extremely lucky.
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