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Dawne Morris

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Karie Lowe
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Resident Wins $20,000 Top Prize playing "Her Game"

Dawne Morris refers to the Kansas Lottery's $2 Bonus Crossword instant scratch tickets as "her game," and we can understand why.  The Tonganoxie resident has won two $2,000 cash prizes playing the game, and yesterday claimed a top prize worth $20,000!

Crossword tickets are my favorite game to play because I feel I get my money's worth since they take so long to play," said Morris.  "I've been so lucky playing them, I always refer to them as being 'my game.'"

The lucky winner said she plays Bonus Crossword tickets every day and was shocked to discover she had won a top prize.

"You always hope to win a big one, but when you do it's hard to believe," said Morris.  "I was afraid I had made a mistake when scratching my ticket.  As I revealed words, I would write them down on a piece of paper.  When I counted 10 words, I checked my ticket again to make sure I hadn't accidentally scratched off a wrong letter.  I was so excited my heart was pounding." 

When playing Bonus Crossword, players must reveal 10 words in order to win a $20,000 top prize. Morris, who recently had surgery, had a hard time playing the game since her right arm is in a sling.

"I recently had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder," said Morris.  "Since I'm right handed, I had a hard time scratching the ticket and had to tape it down to keep it from moving.  I had to set my salt and pepper shakers on each corner, too.  That's why I was concerned I might have made a mistake on the ticket."

After returning home from a trip to Topeka, Morris' husband Randy didn't believe her when she said she had won a $20,000 top prize and needed him to drive her to Topeka to claim her prize.

"She told me we needed to make a trip to Topeka, and I told her no way because I had just made the trip," said Randy.  "When she showed me her ticket and explained it was a $20,000 winner, I didn't believe her.  I went back to the store where she purchased them from and had it checked.  When they said we had to claim the prize in Topeka, I was still hesitant in believing it was a $20,000 winner.  I actually didn't believe it until Lottery officials said it was true when we claimed the prize."

Morris and her husband, who have been married 37 years, have three grown sons and one granddaughter.  She has worked as a "lunch lady" for USD 458 for 14 years.  She plans to treat her sister to a trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas next month with part of her winnings and the rest will be saved.

The winning ticket was purchased at B & J Country Mart, located at 319 Ridge in Tonganoxie.

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