Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Hutchinson Resident Receives Big Surprise - Wins $20,000 Top
Karla Stout of Hutchinson received a big surprise when claiming
a Kansas Lottery $2 Bonus Crossword instant scratch
ticket. The 61-year-old drove to Lottery headquarters in
Topeka thinking she had won a $2,000 cash prize. However,
when Lottery officials validated her winning ticket, she discovered
she had actually won a $20,000 top prize!
"I can't believe this is happening," said the excited
winner. "I thought I was claiming a $2,000 prize and come to
find out my ticket is worth $20,000! I've never won more than
$100 on a lottery ticket. This is unbelievable!"
According to Stout, when she first scratched her Bonus Crossword
instant ticket, she thought she had won $10. When she stopped
at a local convenience store to have her winning ticket validated,
Stout discovered her winning ticket was worth more than $10.
"When the store clerk scanned my ticket, he handed it back to me
and said he couldn't validate it because I had won more than $599,"
said Stout. "He wasn't able to tell me what the ticket was
worth, so I looked it over again and realized I had missed a couple
of letters. The letters I missed allowed me to reveal several
more words, which lead me to believe I had won $2,000. I
never imagined the ticket was worth $20,000!"
To her surprise, Stout revealed 10 words on her ticket to win a
$20,000 top prize. The excited winner was anxious to share
the good news of her big win with her friends and co-workers.
"I'm the Activities Director at Good Samaritan in Hutchinson and
when I told my co-workers I had won $2,000, they were all happy and
excited for me," said Stout. "They're going to be as
surprised as I am when I tell them how much I won."
Stout and her husband Alan, who have been married 30 years, plan
to pay bills with the winnings.
"We'll be close to debt free once we pay off our bills," said
Stout. "What a great feeling! We'll even have enough
left over to put into a savings account."
The winning ticket was purchased at Dillons 97, located at 3200
Plaza East Drive in Hutchinson.