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Cedar Rapids Man Wins $70,000 Lottery Prize

Adam Gersdorf Claims Top Prize In 'Ruby Red 7s' Scratch Game

Adam Gersdorf

CLIVE, Iowa — A Cedar Rapids man said he did a double-take after scratching off a $70,000 lottery prize.

"I scratched it in my car as the gas was being pumped," said Adam Gersdorf, 45, who bought his lucky ticket at Casey's, 235 Edgewood Road NW in Cedar Rapids. "I was like, 'No way!'"

"I ran inside and said, 'Ma'am, can you please scan this for me and make sure I'm not reading this wrong?'" he said. "She turned around and her eyes were just as big as 50-cent pieces, you know? She's like, 'Yeah! $70,000!'"

Gersdorf won the second top prize in the Iowa Lottery's "Ruby Red 7s" scratch game. He claimed his prize Tuesday at the lottery's Cedar Rapids regional office and said he plans to use his winnings to retire debt and care for his family.

Ruby Red 7s is a $5 scratch game that features eight top prizes of $70,000 and overall odds of 1 in 3.63. For more information about this game, and the number of prizes still available, visit

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