Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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A Holiday Millionaire Raffle Mystery Solved!
Last year, the Kansas Lottery introduced a new element to the
Holiday Millionaire Raffle game, giving players 10 chances to win
$10,000 in Early Bird drawings. The Early Bird drawings
were held October 9, 2011, through November 6, 2011, with two
players each winning $10,000 in every drawing. One of the
very first $10,000 Early Bird winning raffle tickets, 031432, was
never claimed, that is, until now!
The lucky winner holding the $10,000 raffle ticket was Cheryl
Popkey of Hutchinson. According to Popkey, she knew she had
won one of the $10,000 prizes the day after the October 9, 2011,
Early Bird drawing. However, she didn't have the opportunity
to make the trip to Lottery headquarters in Topeka to claim her
prize since she works second shift at Spirit AeroSystems in
"My friend Chris and I both bought raffle tickets for the Early
Bird drawings," explained Popkey. "While we were checking the
winning numbers the day after the drawing, I teased him by saying,
'Do you have any of those winning numbers, because I do!'"
After realizing she was holding a $10,000 winning ticket, Popkey
placed it in a lockbox where it has remained for the last 10
months, which has given her plenty of time to think about what to
do with her winnings.
"I'm going to help my kids out," said Popkey. "They're the
ones who need it the most. Plus, we have a little
When asked if she would be playing this year's Holiday
Millionaire Raffle game, Popkey had a definite answer.
"Of course, I'll play," said Popkey. "It has the best odds to
win. I like that there are only a certain amount of tickets
printed, and it's just fun to play."
This year's Holiday Millionaire Raffle game will launch October
1, 2012,with the grand prize drawing taking place December 31,
2012. Further details of the Holiday Millionaire Raffle game
will be released next month.
Popkey's winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Shop 744, located
at 1401 in Hutchinson.