A southeast Iowa man has won a $30,000 lottery prize.

Written by Theresa Rose on September 5, 2015

Andrew Krieger of New London claimed the 19th of 65 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s “Bonus Crossword” instant-scratch game.

Krieger claimed his prize Thursday at the lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids. Hy-Vee, 1700 E. Washington St. in Mount Pleasant sold the winning ticket.

Bonus 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, they win $30,000. Players can also win a prize by uncovering all five letters in the “Bonus Word” prize box. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.55.

Forty-six top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Bonus Crossword, as well as 103 prizes of $3,000 and thousands of prizes between $300 and $100.

Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.5 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.6 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.