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Monday, October 3, 2016

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Karie Lowe
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Parsons Resident Plays Favorite Lottery Game - Wins $25,000 Top Prize

Lisa Harrington had a "nerve-wracking" weekend after discovering Friday she had won a $25,000 top prize playing one of her favorite Kansas Lottery instant scratch tickets - the $5 Kansas City Royals game.  After what seemed like a long weekend to the Parsons resident, she made the trip to Lottery headquarters in Topeka Monday morning to claim her prize.

"Nothing like this has ever happened to me," said Harrington.  "I was nervous all weekend, even though I had my ticket in a safe place."

The 50-year-old winner purchased the winning ticket last Thursday evening, but didn't realize the ticket was worth $25,000 until the following morning.

"When I bought the ticket Thursday, I didn't actually play the game," said Harrington.  "I was feeling lazy so I just scratched the barcode.  The next morning, I went to Pete's where my cousin works and had her scan the ticket to see if it was a winner.  When she scanned it a claim form automatically printed out, and she said I must have won a big prize.  She handed me back the ticket and this time, I played the game.  When I realized I had a $25,000 winner I screamed, 'I won! I won!'  I couldn't stop shaking."

The lucky winner, who said she buys lottery tickets every day, hopes her luck will continue.

"Maybe I'll get lucky again this week and I'll win something on my Powerball or Mega Millions tickets," Harrington said.  "I've already bought my tickets for this week."

Harrington, who works for Residential Treatment Services of Southeast Kansas (RTSSK) as a caregiver, plans to use a portion of her winnings towards moving to Atlanta. 

"I've been planning on moving for a while," explained Harrington.  "Winning $25,000 just made the move a lot easier."                  

The winning ticket was purchased at Pete's 8, located at 1430 Main St. in Parsons.

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