CLIVE — A Mahaska County man has won the first $100,000 top prize in a new Iowa Lottery game.

Danial Ludden of Fremont won the big prize in the Iowa Lottery’s “$100,000 Happy Holidays Crossword” scratch game. He purchased his winning ticket at Casey’s, 1809 Ninth Ave. E. in Oskaloosa. Ludden claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Clive.

The $100,000 Happy Holidays Crossword is a $10 scratch game. It features seven top prizes of $100,000 and overall odds of 1 in 3.30.

Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $4.4 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.9 billion for state programs.

Today, lottery proceeds have four main purposes in Iowa. They provide help for veterans and their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund; support through the Iowa Public Safety Survivor Benefits Fund for the surviving family members of Iowa peace officers and fire fighters who die in the line of duty; help for a variety of significant 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.

This news release was sent to the Herald.

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