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Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Karie Lowe
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Topeka Resident Beats the Dealer - Wins $10,000 Top Prize!

After last night, Blackjack may be Erica Kuykendall's favorite game to play.  The 29-year-old Topeka resident beat the dealer on a $1 Blackjack instant scratch ticket and won a $10,000 top prize!

"I hardly ever purchase lottery tickets," said Kuykendall.  "I'm a single mom with three kids and I rarely have the extra money to spend.  When I stopped at a Kwik Shop last night, I decided to buy a few tickets and asked the store clerk to pick me out two $2 tickets and two $1 tickets."

After making her purchase, Kuykendall went home and scratched her tickets.  When she beat the dealer on the $1 Blackjack ticket she purchased, she couldn't believe what she was seeing.

"I've never won more than $2 on a scratch ticket," said Kuykendall.  "When I saw I had won $10,000 it didn't seem real.  I took the ticket back to the store and had the same store clerk check it for me.  He told me I had to take my ticket down to the Lottery office because it was a big winner.  I barely slept last night and when I did fall asleep, I had dreams about claiming the ticket."

Still a little unsure of her big win, Kuykendall called the Lottery headquarters office in Topeka first thing this morning to have her ticket verified.

"Even after hearing it from Lottery officials that I won $10,000 it still seems unreal," said a teary eyed Kuykendall.  "My faith has been restored.  I've been struggling financially this year and was worried about buying coats and other winter clothes for my kids.  Now I won't have to worry.  This win is a true blessing."

Kuykendall, who works for Auto Finance Centers in Topeka, also plans to save a portion of her prize winnings so her children can have a nice Christmas this year.  She purchased the winning ticket at Kwik Shop 713, located at 5700 SW 21st St. in Topeka.

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