Friday, August 2, 2013
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Tonganoxie Resident Wins $44,000 2by2 Tuesday Grand
For the past six years, Kevin Harris of Tonganoxie has played
the same numbers when purchasing tickets for the Kansas Lottery's
2by2 game. In addition, he also purchases tickets for seven
consecutive drawings, which qualifies him for 2by2 Tuesday prizes
if he wins on a Tuesday. His persistence paid off Tuesday,
July 16 when he matched both Red numbers 03 and 20 and both White
numbers 10 and 13 in that night's drawing for a grand prize win of
"I knew those numbers would have to come up eventually," said
Harris. "I've been using them for the last six years.
The numbers I picked are my and my wife's birthdays. Now that
I've won, maybe I should put them in retirement."
Harris, who is retired from the Navy, said when he checked his
winning ticket on the Lottery's website, he couldn't believe what
he was seeing.
"At first I thought I had won $22,000 and was happy with that,"
said Harris. "Then I remembered I had won on Tuesday, which
doubled the $22,000 I thought I had won to $44,000. I had to
sit there for a while and let it sink in."
Once the big win sank in, Harris went to tell his wife Rosie the
"She was at our neighbor's house swimming," said Harris.
"I held up the ticket and told her how much I had won, but she
didn't believe me. Our neighbor finally convinced her that it
didn't sound like I was joking, so she came home to see for
After signing the back of the winning ticket, Harris placed it
in one of many ammunition boxes he has for safekeeping until he was
able to take a day off work to claim the prize.
"When you have something like that lying around, you get a
little nervous," said Harris. "I envisioned a tornado or
other disaster coming along and ruining my ticket. I had a
few sleepless nights."
Thankfully, no disasters happened and Harris was able to claim
his $44,000 grand prize this afternoon at Lottery headquarters in
The lucky winners, who have two children and one grandchild,
were undecided how they would spend their winnings. The
winning ticket was purchased at B & J Country Mart, located at
319 Ridge in Tonganoxie.