Holiday Cheer: Iowa CrossWord Winner Takes Home $50,000 (minus taxes)

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A Waterloo, Iowa woman may not have had the best luck catching her dinner while out fishing with her son, but she did come home with a top prize of $50,000 on the lottery’s “Peppermint Super Crossword” instant-scratch game.

Kathy Schmidt, 50, said she took a break from fishing to scratch her ticket and couldn’t believe what she saw.

“I kept scratching and I kept matching these words and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I think I won $5,000,'” Schmidt said. “And then when I recounted it it’s like, ‘Oh, I think I won $50,000!'”

Schmidt checked and re-checked her ticket to make sure she wasn’t seeing things before telling her son they needed to head home.

“I told my son, ‘We gotta go, I think I won big!'” she said.

Schmidt purchased her winning ticket in Waterloo. She called her parents to tell them the big news.

“They couldn’t believe it. They didn’t believe me at first until I showed them the big printout sheet I got from the retailer,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt is a Certified Medical Assistant.

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