Ty James of Gonzales thought his Bonus Crossword scratch-off was a $50 winner, until his girlfriend, Brandi Eddy, looked at it and realized he won one of the game's top prizes of $30,000.

"I brought it to a retailer to get my $50 prize, but the terminal said I would need to file a claim at a Lottery office," said James, age 22. "That's when Brandi counted the number of words I uncovered and said that I won $30,000!"

James, who said he plans to buy a new truck with his winnings, purchased his winning scratch-off from Pecan Grove Chevron on East Highway 30 in Gonzales.

Bonus Crossword is a $3 scratch-off game that offers players the chance to win up to $30,000. With a total of more than $1.5 million in cash prizes, the game has three remaining top prizes as of Oct. 28.
According to Louisiana Lottery policy, a scratch-off game is closed and removed from sale when all top prizes for the game have been claimed. Winners have 90 days from the game closure date in which to claim their winnings.

Players must be at least 21 years old to purchase a Lottery ticket.  The Lottery encourages anyone who has a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for help.