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Decorah Woman Gets Big After School Surprise

Jessica Berns Wins Top Prize Playing the "Roulette" Scratch Game

Jessica Berns

  Hear Jessica tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Decorah woman never dreamed she'd win a top prize of $30,000 on her "Roulette" instant-scratch ticket while waiting for her kids to get home from school.

Jessica Berns, 37, said she bought the ticket for something to do while she waited for her kids to get dropped off by their school bus and couldn't believe what she saw.

"I didn't believe it," Berns said. "I quick ran back to the gas station and had them check it. I've been in shock ever since!"

Berns had her ticket validated at Engen Express, 610 North St. in Ridgeway where she had purchased it. She hasn't told her kids yet, but she knows they'll be excited.

"They're going to be excited and I'm sure they'll tell me what they want!" Berns said with a laugh as she claimed her prize Friday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Mason City.

Berns, who is a nurse's aide, said she has told some of her coworkers and everyone is very happy for her. She said she hasn't yet made plans for the money.

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