South Sioux City Woman Wins $200,000 Playing Ultimate Bonus Crossword

DeEtte Jonas

DeEtte Jonas of South Sioux City won $200,000 playing the Ultimate Bonus Crossword Scratch game from the Nebraska Lottery.

Jonas’ winning ticket was purchased at Casey’s General Store #2722 at 1424 Dakota Avenue in South Sioux City.

When Jonas came to claim her prize at the Nebraska Lottery’s Lincoln office on January 2, she said she doesn’t really play Scratch tickets very often, and had received her winning ticket as a Christmas present.

At first she thought she’d won $1,000, then, when she went back to count the number of words she’d scratched off, thought she’d won $5,000. It wasn’t until a third check of the ticket that she realized she’d won the $200,000 top prize.

“I was in disbelief,” she said.

The clerk who checked the ticket at Casey’s was just as shocked as she was, Jonas said.

Jonas said she’ll be spending some of her winnings to pay off some bills and invest the rest of it.

As a $20 Scratch game, Ultimate Bonus Crossword offers players a chance to win prizes from $20 to $200,000. The chances of winning $200,000 are one in 180,000, while the odds of winning any prize are one in 2.95.

Published on 01/02/2019