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Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Karie Lowe
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A Valentine's Day Surprise - Shawnee Resident Wins $25,000 Top Prize

Kassie Madden of Shawnee had an unforgettable Valentine's Day this year.  The 29-year-old purchased a couple of the Kansas Lottery's $5 Money Mania instant scratch tickets and won a sweet prize worth $25,000 on the first ticket she scratched!

"I bought two of the $5 tickets while I was waiting to meet my boyfriend Adam for lunch," explained Madden.  "I didn't scratch the tickets right away.  I stuck them in my purse and didn't scratch them until several hours later.  When I scratched the first ticket and realized I had won $25,000, I started pacing and shaking.  I was so surprised and nervous, I accidentally ripped the top of the ticket."

The lucky winner, who buys Kansas Lottery instant scratch tickets daily, said she almost quit buying the Money Mania game and was extremely glad she didn't give up.  

"I wasn't having much luck, so I was ready to try something different," said Madden.  "Thank the Lord, I didn't give up and bought those tickets."

Madden, who has two young sons, plans to put her winnings to good use.

"We're going to Florida, so part of my winnings will go towards that trip and the rest will be used as a down payment on a house," said Madden.

The winning ticket was purchased at Phillips 66 17912, located at 1233 Merriam Ln. in Kansas City, Kan.  There are four $25,000 top prizes remaining in the Money Mania game as well as thousands of other cash prizes.


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