June 12, 2012 – Martin Christensen of Kearney won $35,000 playing the $3 Scratch game Bonus Crossword from the Nebraska Lottery.
Christensen purchased his winning Bonus Crossword ticket at Pump & Pantry, 4311 Second Street in Kearney. Scratching the ticket, he revealed 10 complete words for the $35,000 top prize.
There are six $35,000 top prizes available in Bonus Crossword. Christensen is the second person to claim a Bonus Crossword top prize in this edition of the game.
While claiming his prize on May 29, Christensen told Nebraska Lottery officials that he was “stunned” to realize he had won the top prize. “I thought it was worth $1,000,” said Christensen. “When the clerk told me it was $35,000, I said, ‘You’re kidding me.’” He plans to pay bills and take a vacation using his winnings.
Bonus Crossword is a $3 Scratch game that offers players the chance to win $5.6 million in cash prizes from $3 to $35,000. The odds of winning the $35,000 top prize in Bonus Crossword are 1 in 480,000, while the overall odds are 1 in 3.40.