Elm purchased his winning Anniversary Bonus Crossword ticket at Casey’s General Store, 1401 East 4th Street in North Platte. Scratching the ticket, he revealed 10 complete words for the $35,000 top prize.
There were three $35,000 top prizes available in Anniversary Bonus Crossword. Elm was the third person to claim a top prize in the game.
While claiming his prize on August 8, Elm told Nebraska Lottery officials that he had a feeling there was something special about his ticket when he started scratching it off. “I had all the vowels, so I thought something was up,” said Elm. “I think I counted the words on the ticket about 20 times.” Elm plans to purchase some new fishing gear with his winnings.
Anniversary Bonus Crossword was a $3 Scratch game that offered players the chance to win $2.7 million in cash prizes from $3 to $35,000. The odds of winning the $35,000 top prize in Anniversary Bonus Crossword were 1 in 480,000, while the overall odds were 1 in 3.41.