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Cedar Rapids Woman Shows Daughter How To Play Lottery, Wins $14,000 Prize

Patricia Sue Busch Wins Top Prize Playing "Rock of Ages" Scratch Game

Patricia Sue Busch
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids woman said she never dreamed of winning the top prize of $14,000 playing the lottery's "Rock of Ages" instant-scratch game when she showed her daughter how to play the lottery.

Patricia Sue Busch, 51, said her daughter, Angela Niese, had recently turned 21 and wanted to learn how to play Powerball, so they stopped at a convenience store for a ticket. While they were there, Busch decided to pick up a Rock of Ages ticket and ended up winning the top prize.

"She just turned 21 in March and she wanted to play Powerball," Busch said. "So I was in showing her how to fill the thing out and I just bought one and wow, was I shocked!"

Busch, who is a board operator for United Fire & Casualty in Cedar Rapids, didn't scratch her ticket until she returned home Monday morning.

"I just stuck it away in my purse. Monday morning I was at my desk and decided to scratch it and lo and behold I had a $14,000 winner," Busch said.

Busch said she called Niese to tell her the news, but her daughter didn't believe her at first.

"I sent her a picture and she called me back and said, 'You really did win!'" Busch said.

Busch said it was hard to believe she'd had a $14,000 ticket sitting in her purse all weekend. She claimed her prize April 4 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Busch purchased her winning ticket at Jiffy, 311 N. Jefferson Way in Indianola.

"I like the ticket because you always have that second chance," Busch said.

The Iowa Lottery is the first lottery in the nation to offer a scratch ticket based on a hit Broadway musical. The scratch ticket features artwork from the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages." The Iowa Lottery has teamed up with the Tony'-nominated hit show and the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines to offer the game. The Civic Center will present the hit musical April 19 - 24 as part of its Willis Broadway Series.

If players do not win instantly on their Rock of Ages scratch tickets, they can enter nonwinning tickets on the Iowa Lottery's website at for a chance to win tickets to see the show, guitars signed by the Rock of Ages cast and more.