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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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Karie Lowe
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Haysville Resident Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Lucky for Life!

Arden Unruh had an unforgettable start to his Memorial Day weekend last Friday.  The Haysville resident was running errands when he stopped at a local convenience store to check his Lucky for Life ticket from the May 25 drawing.  The 56-year-old never dreamed that stop would become a life-changing event. 

"When I woke up Friday, I was hungry for pancakes so I stopped at McDonald's," said Unruh.  "After I ate, I stopped at the lumberyard and bought a few things.  On my way home, I remembered I needed to check my Lucky for Life ticket, so I stopped at Casey's to check it." 

When Unruh tried scanning his ticket on the store's Check-A-Ticket machine, he kept receiving an error message that read, "Unable to process." After scanning the ticket a fourth time, he received a message that read, "Sign back of ticket. Claim at Lottery." 

"When I saw that message, I knew I must have won something big," said Unruh.  "To make sure, I asked a store clerk to check my ticket for me to see if she could tell me how much I'd won.  When she scanned it, she said I had won $5,000.  I was happy with that." 

After arriving home, Unruh decided to look up the May 25 Lucky for Life winning numbers on the Kansas Lottery's website.  On the home page, Unruh noticed someone had won $25,000 a year for life in south central Kansas.  When he checked his numbers against the numbers on the website, he discovered he was the one holding the winning ticket! 

"I couldn't believe it," said Unruh.  "My wife Julie and I were hollering and screaming.  We were so excited. To make sure I was the one holding the winning ticket, I called the Lottery office and had it confirmed. We both felt numb." 

The winning numbers in the May 25 Lucky for Life drawing were 3-6-14-19-22 Lucky Ball 15.  Unruh's winning numbers were 3-6-14-19-22 Lucky Ball 1. 

Unruh said he plans to retire in three or four years.  He said winning $25,000 a year for life will be a great addition to his nest egg. 

The winning ticket was purchased at Casey's General Store 1964, located at 1451 W. Grand St. in Haysville.  For selling the winning ticket, the store is eligible for a $1,000 selling bonus. 


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