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DATE:
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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Karie Lowe
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Illinois Couple Wins $10,000 Top Prize while Traveling through Kansas

An Illinois couple had an unforgettable trip through Kansas this week.  John and Cheryl Kurz of Waukegan, Illinois, stopped for gas at a convenience store in Ottawa.  While inside the store, the Kansas Lottery's $2 Star Trek instant scratch game caught their eye.  Since Cheryl enjoys playing scratch tickets, John bought her one to play while he drove on to Kansas City.  They were both shocked when they discovered they had a winning ticket worth $10,000!

"When Cheryl told me she had won $10,000, I didn't believe her at first," said Kurz.  "She handed the ticket to my daughter Chris and asked her to recheck it.  When Chris agreed with Cheryl that it was a $10,000 winning ticket, I stopped at the first store I could find in Kansas City to have it checked."

After a store clerk informed the lucky winners they needed to make a trip to Lottery headquarters in Topeka to claim their prize, they decided to stay overnight in Kansas City.

"We didn't mind postponing our trip home to claim $10,000," Kurz said laughing.  "Cheryl looked at that ticket every hour until we made it to Topeka this morning.  I think she thought the ticket wasn't real or something."

The Kurzes, who have been married 35 years, have two children.  They plan to pay bills with their winnings. Since they won over $5,000, they did not receive their winnings today and elected to have a check mailed to their home.

"Now we have something to look forward to when we get home," said Kurz.  "And what a great vacation story we have to tell."

The winning ticket was purchased at Love's Travel Stop 258, located at 203 E. 27th St. in Ottawa.




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