This story is courtesy of our sister station KIMT in Mason City, IA.
CHARLES CITY, Iowa (KIMT) – Lucky doesn’t even begin to describe how fortunate Donna Holtz of Charles City has been as she cashes in on yet another scratch-off grand prize.
Donna Holtz is cashing in, after claiming her prize from the Iowa Lottery’s “Crossword” scratch-off game. Back in 2001, Holtz won the same game worth another $30,000.
Holtz says she purchased the scratch-off from a local gas station in Charles City on Sunday. She began scratching off the ticket thinking she may have won just a few dollars, but in the end realized it was much more.
“When I realized that I got 10 words, the first thing I did was double-check it. Then I triple-checked it and then I had my husband check it. Finally, I said oh my God, I can’t believe I did it,” said Holtz.
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.
Holtz says since winning her second prize, family have begun calling her “Lucky” and even asked for her to buy lottery tickets for them.
After winning her first prize, Holtz says she and her husband began work on remodeling their kitchen to make it much bigger. They then spread much of the rest between their daughters.
This time around she says she doesn’t really know what to do with the money, although getting a new car has been on their minds. Holtz says she loves her 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but knows it’s time to upgrade into something much newer and more reliable.
The money has all been deposited into the bank and will clear on Tuesday, but Holtz says she’s in no hurry to spend any of it. She says she’ll take the opportunity to make the best of simply having a little more breathing from bills and expenses.
“It’s possible which I proved, but you don’t generally go to the store and buy a ticket expecting to get $30,000. I figured that would be a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” said Holtz.
If you’re feeling lucky, there are still 64 grand prizes of $30,000 up for grabs. There are also more than 100 prizes ranging from $3,000 to $100 available.