Friday, June 22, 2012
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Fort Scott Resident Stops for Gas - Leaves with $10,000 Winning
While pre-paying for gas Wednesday night at a convenience store
in Pittsburg, Fort Scott resident John Gander decided to purchase a
few instant scratch tickets. Of the eight different games he
purchased, one was the Kansas Lottery's $2 Art in the Park
ticket. Having never seen the ticket before, Gander decided
to try his luck. As he was pumping gas and scratching the
ticket, the 24-year-old was shocked to discover he had won a 10,000
top prize playing the game.
"My first thought was 'No way. My luck is never this good,'"
said Gander. "I immediately went back into the store and
asked the clerk to check it for me. When she verified how
much I had won, I put the ticket in my billfold and had a very
The next day, Gander returned to work where his co-workers were
shocked to learn he had won $10,000.
"No one believed me until I showed them the winning ticket,"
said Gander. "I had several people at work ask why I hadn't
taken the day off to claim my prize. I figured I would wait until
my next day off, which was today."
According to Gander, he plays Kansas Lottery instant scratch
games a couple times a week.
"I buy tickets usually when I stop for gas," said Gander.
"Although, I did try my luck again yesterday with the Art in the
Park tickets, but didn't have any luck."
Gander, who is single, works for ADM Biodiesel. He was
undecided how he would spend his winnings, but thought most would
go toward a down payment on a house.
The winning ticket was purchased at Casey's General Store 2893,
located at 2912 N. Broadway in Pittsburg.