Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Topeka Resident Receives $20,000 Surprise when Claiming
A Topeka resident received a big surprise when claiming a $2
Bonus Crossword instant scratch ticket at Lottery headquarters in
Topeka yesterday. James Martin thought he had a $2,000
winning ticket and was shocked when Lottery officials explained to
him he had not won $2,000, but had won a $20,000 top prize!
The 70-year-old won the top prize by revealing all 10 words on his
This is one of the best days of my life!" exclaimed
Martin. "This is such a surprise. I came here thinking
I had found nine words on my ticket, winning $2,000. In this
case, I'm glad I miscounted my words."
According to Martin, Crossword tickets are his favorite games to
play. He usually buys at least two every day.
"This morning I bought a $10 Crossword ticket and two $2
Crossword tickets," said Martin. "I went home to scratch them
and ended up winning $10 on my $10 ticket. I went to the
nearest store to where I live and cashed my $10 winning ticket for
more tickets. One of those tickets is the one I won on.
I immediately signed the back of the ticket and drove straight for
the Lottery office."
When Lottery officials explained to Martin he had won a $20,000
top prize, he was speechless.
"Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised that I won," said
Martin. "I've had good luck playing Crossword games so
far. A couple years ago, I won two $2,000 prizes."
Martin, who is retired, plans to purchase new dentures with a
portion of his winnings and put the rest into a CD for a rainy
The winning ticket was purchased at Tammy's On The Go, located
at 3335 Gage Blvd. in Topeka.