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Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Karie Lowe
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Garden City Man "Goes for It" and Wins $20,000 Top Prize

A couple of weeks ago, Adrian Martin-Saldana was down to his last $2 when he decided to "go for it" and purchased a $2 Double Bonus Crossword instant scratch ticket. The Garden City resident couldn't believe his good fortune after he revealed 10 words on his ticket to win a $20,000 top prize!

"Little by little, I kept getting more and more words as I played the ticket," said Martin-Saldana.  "I kept thinking to myself that this may really be happening - I might have won $20,000!  I was hoping for the best."

A couple of days later, Martin-Saldana still wasn't positive if he had won a top prize, so he decided to scan his winning ticket at a nearby convenience store.

"At that point, I hadn't said a word to anyone about my ticket," said the winner.  "Even when I scanned the ticket at the store and the machine said I should sign the back of it and claim it at the Lottery, I wasn't totally convinced.  Things like this never happen to me."

The lucky winner finally confided in a few friends and secured a ride to Lottery headquarters in Topeka.  When he arrived to claim his prize, Martin-Saldana was thrilled when Lottery officials confirmed he had won a $20,000 top prize.

"I have a strong faith in God," said Martin-Saldana.  "I feel very blessed.  I'm filled with joy and happiness right now.  I'm so grateful this has happened.  I've always said if God blessed me with a big win, I would give some of the money to a church and to the Salvation Army, and that's what I intend to do.  I'll save the rest or maybe take a trip."

The winning ticket was purchased at Food Mart 3, located at 1505 Buffalo Jones Ave. in Garden City.  There are 20 $20,000 top prizes remaining in the $2 Double Bonus Crossword game as well as hundreds of thousands of other cash prizes.


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