Local man wins $30,000 in lottery

Romeo Joab claimed the 72nd of 97 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s “Crossword” scratch game.

Joab claimed his prize Tuesday at the lottery’s regional office in Storm Lake. He purchased his winning ticket at Midtown Pronto, 1100 E. 5th St. in Storm Lake.

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, he/she wins $30,000. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.82.

Twenty-four top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword, as well as 33 prizes of $3,000, and thousands of prizes between $100 and $300.

Lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for 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.