Thursday, January 3, 2013
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Wichita Man Says $1 Million Raffle Prize is Life-Changing
Kansas' newest millionaire says
"something inside him" told him he was going to win the top $1
million prize in the Kansas Lottery's Holiday Millionaire
Raffle. The Wichita winner, who is in his 40s, claimed the
prize late yesterday afternoon at Lottery headquarters after
matching the grand prize winning number of 120833.
The winner brought his wife and
three children with him to claim the prize. He said they had to
borrow a vehicle to make the trip from Wichita to Topeka because
they do not currently own a car.
"We're going to use the prize
money to buy a car and a house," said the winner who described
himself as "nervous, excited and very happy." The winner's
wife said the win is a prayer answered.
"I prayed to God that we would
win the $1 million because we really needed it," she said on the
brink of tears.
The winner, who works as a house
painter in Wichita, had purchased a total of five raffle
tickets. He found out he had the $1 million grand prize
winner after looking at the Kansas Lottery website following the
drawing and winner announcement December 31.
"The whole family started crying
and hugging and jumping up and down," he said. "This has truly
changed our lives."
The winner purchased his lucky
raffle ticket at Dillons 31, located at 1640 S. Broadway St. in
Wichita. The store receives a $1,000 bonus for selling the
In addition to the $1 million
top prize, the December 31 Holiday Millionaire Raffle drawing
produced 25 winners of $5,000, 25 winners of $1,000, and 2,500
winners of $100. Five Early Bird drawings produced ten $10,000
raffle winners, all of whom have claimed their prizes.
Players with $100 winning
tickets can claim them at any Kansas Lottery retail location.
Larger prizes must be claimed at a Lottery office in Topeka or
Great Bend, either in person or by mail. Players must present
their original tickets to claim a prize and have 365 days from the
date of the drawing to claim winning tickets.
For a complete list of winning
raffle numbers, visit: Winning Raffle
Numbers. Raffle tickets
may be checked at any Kansas Lottery retail location, including
Check-A-Ticket. The Kansas Lottery reminds players to sign the back
of their tickets and to keep them in a safe place until they are
checked or claimed.