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'I didn't believe it' | Dripping Springs resident claims $1M scratch ticket prize

This isn't the first time this claimant has won a Texas Lottery prize.

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas — A Dripping Springs resident is a lucky winner – for the second time in their life.

The resident claimed a $1 million ticket in the Texas Lottery scratch game $1,000,000 Crossword, the lottery announced Tuesday. The winning ticket was purchased at the H-E-B located at 598 E. Highway 290 in Dripping Springs.

The claimant elected to remain anonymous but did speak to Texas Lottery about their win.

"I didn’t believe it," the claimant said about the moment they realized they won. "I thought there was a mistake, because I couldn’t find the 10th word. My 10th word was 'Aha.' I called a friend to verify. I thought if I couldn’t find the 10th word, the prize would be $20,000 instead of $1 million – which would still have been a good prize."

This isn't the first time this claimant has won a Texas Lottery prize. They told the lottery that they won $20,000 off of another scratch-off back in 2008.

As for what they'll do with their recent winnings, the claimant said they plan to budget the money. 

 "If I’m frugal, I should be able to live work-free for the rest of my life," they said.

Texas Lottery said this was the fifth of eight top prizes worth $1 million to be claimed in the $1,000,000 Crossword game. The game offers more than $289.2 million in total prices.

The overall odds of winning any prize in the game are one in 3.41, including break-even prizes, according to the Texas Lottery.

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