Crossword Winner Shares $75,000 Prize With Family

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Chicago, IL—July 3, 2013 — “When I scratched the instant ticket and found eight words, I started jumping up and down because I knew I won $5,000. At the tenth word I was in shock. I couldn’t breathe!” said Edward Starek after scratching a $5 Crossword instant ticket and winning a top prize of $75,000. “I had just finished dinner with my roommates when this happened. I made each one double check the ticket twice. We celebrated until 1 am.”

Starek was at home when he decided to call his mom and wake up her up in the middle of the night to share the news. “I wanted my mom to know I would help her financially. I also wanted to tell my seven brothers that I would be taking them out for a huge feast soon. ”

The 21 year-old’s additional plans for the winnings include buying a new car and opening a savings account. When asked if he had any advice for other Lottery players he said, “Play smart. Don’t get carried away!”

The winning ticket was purchased at Speedway, 314 South State Street, in Lockport, IL. The store will receive a $7,500 bonus for selling a winning ticket. Crossword is a $5 instant ticket offering prizes up to $75,000. For more information, please visit


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