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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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Karie Lowe
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Dexter Resident Celebrates Birthday with $10,000 Cash Prize

Jeff Martin had an unforgettable 56th birthday this year.  The Dexter resident celebrated his birthday December 22 by purchasing a variety of Kansas Lottery instant scratch tickets.  While on his way home from work that day, he played his tickets and discovered he had won a $10,000 cash prize playing the $20 Ultimate Cash game! 

"I couldn't believe it when I realized I had won $10,000," said Martin.  "Out of all the tickets I bought, I scratched the Ultimate Cash ticket last.  As I matched more and more numbers on the ticket and the prize amount kept adding up to more and more, I thought 'Happy Birthday to me!'" 

The lucky winner said he buys Kansas Lottery games every day and believes good Karma led to his big birthday win. 

"I'm a quarry foreman at Pray Stone Company in Winfield," explained Martin.  "Every year, we are closed the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.  One of my employees, who had recently started working for us, didn't have enough vacation hours and was worried about not being paid for the week we're off.  To help him out, I gave him a $100 winning scratch ticket I had won the day before my birthday, so he would have some money.  Shortly after I gave him the $100 ticket, he received news that he would indeed get paid while we were off, so he wanted to give me back the winning ticket.  Instead of taking the ticket back, I told him to go ahead and keep it.  I truly believe my good Karma led to me to this big win on my birthday." 

Martin and his wife Cindy, who have been married 33 years, have three grown children and six grandchildren.  After discussing their big win over the Christmas holiday, the Martins remain undecided on how they plan to spend the winnings. 

The winning ticket was purchased at Babi and Company 3, located at 2124 E. 9th Ave. in Winfield.


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