CLIVE, Iowa, Dec. 1, 2017 – A Davenport woman said she woke up her husband with news that she’d won the lottery.

Sally Cerra claimed the 10th of 19 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s “Jolly Holiday Crossword” scratch game.

Cerra, 37, said she bought her winning ticket Wednesday at Golden Mart, 1026 W. River Drive in Davenport. She said she scratched off her ticket that night when she got home, while her husband, Don, was sleeping.

As she finished scratching off her ticket, she said she knew that she’d won.

“I’m patting my husband telling him, ‘You have to get up.’ And he goes, ‘What?’” Cerra told lottery employees Thursday as she claimed her prize at the lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids. “I said, ‘I won $30,000!’ He goes, ‘OK. I’m going back to bed.’ And I’m like, ‘No, you’re driving me to the gas station.’”

Cerra had her winning ticket confirmed at a local gas station. She said she plans to put a majority of her winnings toward a home remodeling project.

Jolly Holiday Crossword is a $3 scratch game. More details about how to play this game and the number of prizes still up for grabs in it can be found on the Iowa Lottery’s website,

The Jolly Holiday Crossword scratch game is one of 11 holiday tickets that can be entered online or via our new mobile app in the “Secret Santa” Play It Again® promotion from now through 8:59 a.m. Dec. 28 for a chance to win cash prizes. For rules and complete details, visit

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