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Dubuque Man Wins More Than He Originally Thought, Takes Home $30,000 Lottery Prize

Patrick LuGrain Wins Top Prize Playing 'Crossword' Scratch Game

Patrick LuGrain   Hear Patrick tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A "Crossword" scratch ticket ended up being worth a lot more than a Dubuque man initially thought.

Patrick LuGrain, 54, said he knew he had a winning scratch ticket, but he thought he had won $3,000 until he gave his ticket a second look.

"I was just about ready to get up and go out in the kitchen and tell Laurie, my wife, that I won $3,000 and I saw a 'B' in the corner and that did it," LuGrain told lottery employees as he claimed his prize Monday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

LuGrain claimed the 27th of 86 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Crossword game. He purchased his winning ticket at Ron's Discount Smokes and Beverage Center, 1450 Loras Blvd. in Dubuque.

LuGrain said when he showed his winning ticket to his wife, she was in disbelief.

"She still can't believe it," he said.

LuGrain, who works at Hormel Foods in Dubuque, said his lottery winnings will be used for an upcoming trip, but the destination is yet to be determined.

Crossword is a $3 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in the ticket's puzzle. If a player uncovers 10 words, he/she wins $30,000. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.82.

Fifty-nine top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword (game #805), as well as 88 prizes of $3,000 and thousands of prizes of $300 and $100.

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