Peggy Hayes, of Bellevue IA, has hit it big!

Hayes, 70, was the winner of the second-largest prize in the Iowa Lottery's "$30,000 Holiday Crossword" scratch game. Her winning ticket was purchased at Bormann’s Neighborhood Pitstop, 802 S. Riverview St. in Bellevue.

“I couldn’t sleep all night, but it was really great,” Hayes exclaimed as she collected her prize at the lottery’s Cedar Rapids regional office. “It was just awesome.”

“She looked at me like she was looking right through me, then she looked down again, then she looked at me again and said, ‘Do you know how much this is?’” Her son recalled. “I said, ‘Yeah, $30,000?’ She said, ‘Yeah, $30,000!’”

Hayes plans to put a portion of her winnings toward the renovation of a rental home and save the rest.

Congratulations, Peggy! You're a winner!



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