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Monday, March 11, 2013

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Karie Lowe
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Manhattan Resident tries Something Different - Wins $20,000 Top Prize

26-year-old Laura Weston had a very exciting weekend after purchasing 10 of the Kansas Lottery's $2 Bonus Crossword instant scratch tickets on Saturday.  The Manhattan resident revealed all 10 words on the last ticket she scratched, winning a $20,000 top prize!

I was so surprised when I won," said Weston.  "I usually buy the $2 Lucky Lines or Bingo tickets, but for some reason I decided to try something different and bought 10 of the Crossword tickets instead."

After realizing she had won a $20,000 top prize, Weston signed the back of her winning ticket and stopped by a nearby convenience store to have the ticket verified.

"I think everyone in the store thought I was crazy after I scanned my ticket," said Weston.  "I was so excited.  I kept saying, 'Oh my God!  Oh my God! I just won $20,000!'"

Since she wasn't able to claim her winning ticket until today, Weston's mom offered her daughter some good advice.

"I told her she needed to keep the ticket in a safe place," said Weston's mom, who accompanied her daughter to Lottery headquarters.  "I was afraid she would lose it, spill something on it, or something else would happen that would cause the ticket to be invalid."

Taking her mom's advice, Weston hid her winning ticket in a file for safe keeping.

"I wasn't nervous about having the ticket over the weekend," said Weston.  "I was too excited about winning."

Weston, who has four children, works as a District Manager for the Manhattan Mercury in Manhattan.  She said she plans to spoil her children with her winnings.

The winning ticket was purchased at Shop Quik 11, located at 3108 Anderson Ave. in Manhattan.

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