Larry Hepner Claims Top Prize In ‘$50,000 Holiday Super Crossword’ Scratch Game

CLIVE, Iowa – A stop for snacks last week ended up being lucky for a Davenport man.


Larry Hepner said he stopped on his way home from work Friday at Expresslane, 3636 Hickory Grove Road in Davenport for some snacks and he decided to buy a lottery ticket as well.


That decision ended up being in his favor as his “$50,000 Holiday Super Crossword” scratch ticket won the sixth of 13 top prizes of $50,000 available in the game.


The 29-year-old diesel mechanic said he scratched off his ticket when he got home and was confident that he’d won a big prize.


“I was pretty sure after I counted it several times,” Hepner told lottery employees the same day as he claimed his prize at the lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids. “Then I had to call my sister over to come verify before I drove to the gas station and look like a moron.”


A clerk at Expresslane also confirmed Hepner’s big win and started celebrating with him.


“The girl had goosebumps and was shaking herself,” he said.


Hepner said he plans to use a majority of his lottery winnings to make some upgrades to his home and save the rest.


The $50,000 Holiday Super Crossword scratch game is a $5 ticket. 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,


The $50,000 Holiday Super Crossword scratch game is one of 11 holiday tickets that can be entered online in the “Jingle Bills” Play It Again® promotion for a chance to win $1,000 cash. Entries are good only for the $1,000 drawing in which they are entered. Each entry is also eligible for the $20,000 Grand Prize drawing, as long as it is not selected as a winner of a $1,000 prize. For rules and complete details, visit