Southeast Iowa woman wins lottery for a second time

The Iowa Lotteryâ??s â??Super Crosswordâ?? instant-scratch game has been very good to a southeast Iowa woman who has now claimed two top prizes of $50,000.

Brittany Bonnett, 24, of Eddyville claimed the 24th of 34 top prizes of $50,000 available in the Super Crossword game. Bonnett is no stranger to winning lottery prizes. She claimed her first $50,000 prize in a similar holiday version of the Super Crossword game in December 2012.

Bonnett purchased her latest winning ticket during a recent stop for gas at a Caseyâ??s in Pella. She said she scratched off her ticket and knew right away she had a winner.

â??I kept getting lots of words and I ran inside and had them check because I knew there was (at least) seven (words),â?? she said. â??I told the lady, â??I think I won big!â?? She scanned it and just handed it back to me and I just ran out and left because I was so excited.â??

Bonnett claimed her prize Monday at the lotteryâ??s headquarters in Des Moines.

The stay-at-home mother said her lottery winnings will be used to pay for her wedding. She also said she plans to share her winnings with her family.

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. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.69.

Ten top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Super Crossword, as well as 20 prizes of $5,000, 38 prizes of $500 and hundreds of prizes of $100.

Since the lotteryâ??s start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.1 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.5 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: Providing support for veterans, helping a variety of projects through the state General Fund, and backing the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.