Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Overland Park Man wins $10,000 in Christmas Eve Celebration
It was an extra happy holiday for Nicholas Bussanmas of Overland
Park, when he scratched off a $10,000 winning ticket on Christmas
Eve during a celebration with his girlfriend's family.
Bussanmas and his girlfriend Danielle Pate explained to Lottery
officials that 20 family members each purchased $10 worth of
instant scratch tickets to share at the family gathering.
"Scratching tickets with family on Christmas Eve is our
tradition," said Pate. "But no one has ever won this much
When Bussanmas selected a $1 Double Doubler as one of the
tickets he would scratch, he never dreamed he was picking a $10,000
winner. In fact, initially he didn't realize how much he'd won.
"I thought it was $2,500, which already blew my mind," Bussanmas
said. "It wasn't until Danielle looked at it, that we realized I'd
actually won $10,000."
Bussanmas said the person who brought the Double Doubler ticket
to the family gathering did not disclose his or her identity, so he
has no idea who made the big win possible for him. He just knows
"We have car stuff to take care of," Bussanmas said when asked
how he planned to spend his prize money. "Plus, my mom moved to
Arizona a couple of years ago and we're planning to take a trip to
Bussanmas' lucky Christmas Eve ticket was purchased at Price
Chopper 25, located at 7000 W. 7th Street in Overland
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