CLIVE — A DeWitt man found a lottery ticket in his Christmas stocking and ended up winning a $50,000 prize.
“I’m very relieved about the whole thing and feeling very happy,” Raymond Ackerman III, 20, told officials last week as he claimed his prize at the lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids. “That’s all you can do, is to feel happy.”
The winning ticket was purchased by Ackerman’s grandmother at Kwik Star, 1420 11th St. in DeWitt. State law prevents people under 21 from purchasing lottery tickets, but they can receive them as gifts and claim prizes from them.
Ackerman said he scratched to reveal the bar code, then scanned it on his uncle’s Iowa Lottery LotteryPlus mobile app to confirm it was a winner. But he didn’t know it was worth $50,000 until they took it to a local retailer to confirm the win.
“I didn’t think it was going to be that much,” Ackerman said. “I just thought it was going to be $10, or $20, or maybe even $100.”
Ackerman said he plans to use his winnings to purchase a car.
The $50,000 Super Crossword is a $5 scratch game. For more information about this game, and the number of prizes still available, visit ialottery.com.