A cup of joe worth 30 grand

An Ottumwa woman was never expecting to uncover a $30,000 Crossword prize while drinking her morning coffee.

Martha Gladson said she always visits the Kum & Go at 1108 N. Quincy Ave. in Ottumwa for her morning coffee and sometimes picks up a few scratch tickets while she TMs there.

I had bought two tickets, took them home and had won $3, Gladson said. I scratched the second one off and couldn TMt believe how many words I was getting!

Gladson, said she was in such disbelief, she called her neighbor to double-check her ticket.

I went over there and I said, ~Could you please count how many words I have? TM And she counted and said, ~Martha, you won $30,000! TM Gladson said.

Gladson, who retired from the healthcare industry recently, took her ticket back to Kum & Go to have it validated. She said she hugged the clerk who sold her the winning ticket and then she called her daughter, Laura.

She said, ~What! TM Gladson said with a laugh when she claimed her prize May 6 at the Iowa Lottery TMs headquarters in Des Moines.

Gladson said she plans to use some of her winnings to pay bills; after that she TMs still brainstorming.