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Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Karie Lowe
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Valley Center Man Changes Routine - Wins $20,000 Top Prize

Every Friday, Christopher "Chris" Truman of Valley Center stops at a local convenience store to purchase one of the Kansas Lottery's $2 Double Bonus Crossword instant scratch tickets.  Last week, he varied from his routine and bought a ticket on Thursday.  That decision led him to winning a $20,000 top prize! 

"I stop by Kwik Shop every Friday and buy one ticket," said Truman.  "If I win, I'll buy another ticket.  If I lose, I go home.  Last Thursday, I decided to buy a ticket a day early.  When I first scratched it I thought I had won $2,000 since I had found nine words." 

Nearly a week after he bought the winning Double Bonus Crossword instant scratch ticket, Truman decided to claim his prize by mail.  Before mailing the ticket, he rechecked it to make sure he did in fact have nine words to win $2,000. 

"When I rechecked it, I came up with 10 words," said Truman.  "My wife Diane and my son both checked the ticket and they also found 10 words.  Instead of winning $2,000, I had actually won $20,000!  I couldn't believe it.  I got really shaky." 

Instead of claiming his prize by mail, Truman decided to take the day off from work and drive to Lottery headquarters in Topeka to claim his prize. 

"When Lottery officials checked my ticket and confirmed I had won $20,000 it was a relief," said Truman.  "I had a hard time sleeping.  I kept thinking over and over, 'I hope this is real.'" 

After the ticket was verified at the Lottery office this morning, Truman immediately called his wife with the good news. 

"When I called Diane, I got all shaky again," said Truman.  "Now we can plan a trip to Branson and get a head start on our Christmas shopping.  Our savings was getting low and we were worried about how we would buy gifts this year.  Now we don't have to worry." 

The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Shop 771, located at 110 E. 5th St. in Valley Center.  There are nine $20,000 top prizes remaining in the Double Bonus Crossword game as well as thousands of other cash prizes.




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