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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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Karie Lowe
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Wichita Resident Buys New Holiday Ticket - Wins $10,000 Top Prize

David "Keno Dave" Howell is no stranger when it comes to claiming a Kansas Lottery cash prize.  In past years, he's won a $22,000 top prize playing 2by2, and numerous large cash prizes playing Keno.  The Wichita resident was back at Lottery headquarters in Topeka Monday afternoon to claim another big prize - a $10,000 top prize he won playing a $2 Holiday Shine instant scratch ticket! 

"Before I buy my lottery tickets, I always check the Lottery's website to see how many big prizes are left in the different scratch games," Howell said.  "When I went to buy tickets last Friday morning, a store clerk recommended I try the new $2 Holiday Shine game, so I bought a few. I didn't have time to scratch them right away, so I put them in my pocket to play later.  Thank goodness the tickets didn't fall out!" 

Howell, who buys lottery tickets daily, said he was very surprised when he discovered he had won a $10,000 top prize. 

"I had to pinch myself," said Howell.  "I won on the very last ticket I scratched.  I was so excited, I posted a picture of my winning ticket to my Facebook page.  I was showing off a little bit.  My family and friends thought it was a fake ticket at first.  I've been known to buy fake tickets as a joke, but this ticket was the real deal!" 

The lucky winner, who was traveling to his cabin on Table Rock Lake in Missouri after claiming his prize, brought his "good luck charm" with him to the Lottery office. 

"My dog Athena or Tina as I call her, goes everywhere with me now," said Howell.  "She's been my good luck charm since I lost my pet squirrel Whiskers earlier this year." 

Howell said he'll use his latest winnings to put new tires on his work truck and pay a couple of bills.  He purchased his winning ticket at Flying Eagle, located at 3405 S. West St. in Wichita. 

There are four $10,000 top prizes remaining in the $2 Holiday Shine game as well as thousands of other cash prizes. 


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