Clive, Iowa – A northern Iowa woman was excited to win the lottery, but her excitement grew when she found out that she won a lot more than she initially thought. Dianne Menden of Floyd claimed the 15th of 33 prizes of $10,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s “$100,000 Mega Crossword” scratch game. The 59-year-old said she bought her winning ticket Friday at Love’s Travel Stop, 100 Monroe St. in Floyd. She said it was late at night and she was sleepy so she didn’t know how much she’d won right away. Therefore, she said she had a store clerk check her ticket for her on the lottery machine.
However, when Menden reread her receipt the next morning she realized that the store clerk had miscounted the zeroes – she had actually won $10,000.
Menden said she plans to use a portion of her winnings to buy a wedding gift for her son, who is getting married later this month, and save the rest. The $100,000 Mega Crossword is a $10 ticket. More details about how to play these games, and number of prizes still up for grabs in them can be found on the Iowa Lottery’s website, www.ialottery.com.