2003-12-17 09:30:12.0

Chamois Couple Find $50,000 Prize

Story Photo A Chamois couple has an additional $50,000 to spend on Christmas after finding a top prize in the Missouri Lottery’s "Crossword" Scratchers game. Rudolph "Virgil" and Beverly "Susie" Buscher claimed the prize this morning. They purchased the winning ticket on Dec. 16. Susie Buscher said she went to Jerry’s Stop & Go in Chamois around 7 p.m. to buy a couple of Lottery tickets and a soda. She took the two $3 "Crossword" tickets home; she scratched one and her husband, Virgil, 59, scratched the other one. Virgil’s turned out to be worth $50,000. "At first he (Virgil) thought we won $500," said Susie Buscher, 57, who works at M & M Grocery Store in Chamois. "Then we thought it was $5,000, and then $50,000. We counted them (words) I don’t know how many times." The Buschers said they plan to use the windfall to pay off Susie’s car, pay off a credit card, give a little money to their two kids and "buy a really good Christmas for the kids." The Buschers also have four grandchildren. The Missouri Lottery’s $3 "Crossword" game officially started Sept. 26.

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