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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Karie Lowe
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McPherson Resident's Fast 5s Purchase leads to $22,000 Win

According to Christopher Higgins of McPherson, if it wasn't for the Kansas Lottery's "Fast 5s Sampler", which includes a $2 Powerball ticket, $1 Mega Millions ticket, $1 Hot Lotto ticket, $1 Super Kansas Cash ticket and a $1 2by2 ticket, he probably wouldn't have ever tried his luck playing 2by2.  The McPherson resident is glad he made the Fast 5s purchase last week after winning a $22,000 top prize playing 2by2!

Higgins won the top prize by matching both Red numbers 08 and 14 and both White numbers 04 and 24 in the April 23 drawing.

"After work last Friday, I stopped at a convenience store to check my tickets and happened to run into my sister's mother-in-law," said Higgins.  "As we were talking, I was scanning my tickets and was excited when I realized I had won $4 on one of the games I played.  When I scanned my 2by2 ticket, the scanner instructed me to sign the back of my ticket.  Since I had never seen that message before, my sister's mother-in-law told me I should sign the back of the ticket and we asked a store clerk to scan it on their lottery terminal.  When the clerk told me how much I had won I was dumbstruck.  I didn't think I was hearing her correctly."  

Once the shock of the win turned to extreme excitement, Higgins drove the few blocks to his mom's house to share the good news.

"She was sitting out on her deck relaxing when I arrived," explained Higgins.  "When I told her how much I had won, she didn't believe me.  She said I had a sheepish look and made me repeat myself several times before it finally sank in how much I had won."

In order to claim his prize at Lottery headquarters in Topeka, Higgins called his boss and asked for the day off.

"She didn't believe it either," said Higgins.  "I finally had to put my mom on the phone to convince her.  Since we had been acting silly at work earlier in the day, she thought I was pulling a prank."

Higgins, who works as a staffing supervisor for Kelly Services in McPherson, plans to give a portion of his winnings to two small churches his dad used to minister to and buy a few family members special gifts.

"We have a lot of Tauruses in the family, so we have a lot of upcoming birthdays," said Higgins.  "Now I can buy them decent gifts this year."

The winning ticket was purchased at KAPS 1004, located at 1340 N. Main St. in McPherson.

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