California Woman Spells Out $50,000 Win

A California woman is celebrating her love of crossword games with a $50,000 Missouri Lottery prize. Karen Kirchoff, 62, said she enjoys playing crossword Scratchers because the games take a little while to play. She purchased a “5X Crossword” ticket at Mr. G’s Liquor, 306 Buchannan St. in California, that revealed the top prize of $50,000.

“5X Crossword” is a $3 game that officially began May 19. To win, players spell out words in the game, and prize amounts grow with the number of complete words. Kirchoff claimed the second of eight top prizes in the game. More than $8 million in prizes remain. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game at


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