Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Emporia Teacher Wins $10,000 on Christmas Eve
The day after Christmas typically sees several players coming
into Lottery headquarters in Topeka to claim winning tickets. Some
tickets have been gifts from family or friends. Others are the very
lucky results of what you might call "lottery scratch
parties." Laurie Kurzen of Emporia had a $10,000 winner from
Kurzen and her husband Chad told Lottery officials they got
together with several other family members on Christmas Eve and, as
is their tradition, everyone brought $10 worth of Kansas Lottery
instant tickets to share and scratch.
When Kurzen ended up scratching one of the $2 Triple Bingo
tickets she herself had brought to the party, she was astonished to
find out it was a $10,000 winner.
"At first I thought I had $200, but when my husband double
checked it, he told me I'd actually won $10,000," Kurzen said. "Can
you believe it? I purchased my own winner!"
Just to be sure she really had a winner, Kurzen later checked
the ticket at a gas station.
"I was yelling 'woo-hoo' and dancing around the gas station
after the clerk verified my win," said Kurzen. "My 6-year-old
daughter, who was with me, was mortified. She said, 'Oh, how
Kurzen thinks it will be a little less embarrassing for her
daughter when she finds out the family is going to use the prize
money to help pay for a trip to Disney World in Orlando and to
purchase some after-Christmas toys.
Laurie Kurzen is a first-grade teacher at Timmerman Elementary
in Emporia. Chad Kurzen is employed at Camoplast in Emporia.
The lucky Triple Bingo ticket was purchased at Babi &
Company 1, located at 423 W. 6th Street in Emporia.