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Cheryl Mehmen of Greene Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize

A Butler County woman expected to claim a $100 prize on her winning scratch ticket, but she ended up winning a lot more than that.
Cheryl Mehmen of Greene said she purchased a “$100,000 Mega Crossword” scratch ticket Tuesday at her local Express Mart located at 214 N. First St., and when she scratched it off she thought she’d won a $100 prize. But Mehmen ended up winning the seventh of 25 prizes of $10,000 available in the game.

“This one I thought was $100 and I took it back up (to Express Mart) with the meaning of taking my husband out for dinner,” Mehmen told lottery employees Wednesday as she claimed her prize at the lottery’s regional office in Mason City. “Then (the clerk) goes, ‘You’re a big winner!’ And I go, ‘No I’m not, it’s just $100.’ She goes, ‘No Cheryl, you’re a big winner – you just won $10,000!’ And I’m like, ‘What?’”
The 48-year-old said she didn’t know how to react after finding out she’d won $10,000.

“I started shaking and everything,” Mehmen said.
Mehmen said she typically doesn’t buy $10 scratch games, but this time her decision ended up being in her favor.

“I usually just stick with the $1 and $2 ones and (Tuesday) I was like, ‘Ah, give me one of them,’” she said.
Mehmen, who works at Clarksville Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Clarksville, said her lottery winnings will be used to pay bills and to spoil her new granddaughter that is expected to arrive in May.

The $100,000 Mega Crossword scratch game is a $10 scratch game. More details about how to play this game, and number of prizes still up for grabs in it can be found on the Iowa Lottery’s website, www.ialottery.com.