Ottumwa man wins $50,000 lottery prize

Rafael Botello Ramirez

An Ottumwa man has won a $50,000 lottery prize.

Rafael Botello Ramirez claimed the 33rd of 34 top prizes of $50,000 available in the Iowa Lotteryâ??s â??Super Crosswordâ?? instant-scratch game.

Ramirez claimed his prize Monday at the lotteryâ??s headquarters in Des Moines. He purchased his winning ticket at Albia Road BP in Ottumwa.

Super Crossword is a $5 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in either puzzle or the complete bonus word in the play area on each ticket.

Since the lotteryâ??s start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.2 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.5 billion for the state programs that benefit Iowans.