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DATE:
Monday, February 17, 2014

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Karie Lowe
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Olathe Resident has Unforgettable Valentine's Day - Wins $20,000 Top Prize

Kelly Loveall loves playing Crossword puzzles and the Kansas Lottery's $2 Bonus Crossword instant scratch game is no exception.  The excited Olathe resident spent part of her Valentine's Day claiming a $20,000 top prize playing the game!

"This has been the best Valentine's Day I have ever had," said Loveall.  "I buy five tickets every day and never expect to win big.  I just want to win enough to keep playing.  I was absolutely shocked when I won $20,000."

Although this is the first time Loveall has won a top prize, she's had good luck playing the $2 game.

"I've won $500 once and $100 three times," said Loveall.  "Crossword tickets are the only game I'll play.  When I win, I always try my luck again and buy more tickets.  When I won $20,000, I thought I must have done something wrong.  I got out my magnifying glass to make sure I was seeing the letters right and wrote each word down.  After showing the ticket to my son, I drove back to 7-Eleven to have it checked. Once I was sure I had won, I emailed several friends and called my daughter in Colorado.  Everyone had the same reaction - disbelief.  When I told a co-worker how much I had won, he said, 'It couldn't have happened to a nicer person.'  He about made me cry."

Loveall, who is a salesperson for Carpet Corner in Olathe, was undecided how she would spend her winnings. 

The winning ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven 24465, located at 951 S. Parker in Olathe.  There are six $20,000 top prizes
remaining in the Bonus Crossword game, as well as 28 $2,000 cash prizes and 60 $500 cash prizes.




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