Northeast Iowa has seen plenty of 'Lottery Luck' the past few weeks. Add Maria Janssen of Nashua to the lucky winner's list.

Recently Benjamin Smith of Cedar Falls claimed a $50,000 lottery prize. Eric Schaefer of Washburn also won $100,000 from the Iowa Lottery.

Now we can envy Maria Janssen, 65, of Nashua. She's still in shock after claiming the 16th of 17 top prizes of $100,000 available in the lottery"s '$100,000 Mega Crossword' scratch game.

'Counted it, the numbers, and recounted it,' Janssen explained. '(I) took it down to Kwik Star, had somebody else scan it.'

Janssen bought her winning ticket at Kwik Star, 201 Greenwood Ave. in Nashua. She brought her son with her as she claimed her prize Monday at the lottery"s regional office in Mason City.

'He"s in disbelief, too,' Janssen said.

Janssen, who works in Charles City, said this win will certainly help her out.

'I"m still working. I plan on working for a few more years yet,' she said. 'But this sure will make some changes in life, ease up a few things.'

The $100,000 Mega Crossword scratch game is a $10 scratch game. More details about how to play this game, and number of prizes still up for grabs in it can be found on the Iowa Lottery's website,