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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Sally Lunsford
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Children Alert Lawrence Dad to Big Lottery Win

Were it not for James McCarty's two children, he might not have known he had a $20,000 lottery ticket! The Lawrence resident said he left a scratched-off $2 Bonus Crossword ticket lying on the table Saturday night, but had no idea what it was worth.

"My girlfriend actually scratched it. I told her she had forgotten to scratch off the Bonus area, which she then did. It was late, so I really didn't check the ticket very carefully.  I thought I'd won a free ticket," McCarty said. "We went to bed and didn't think anything of it."

Sunday morning, McCarty was awakened bright and early by his 15-year-old son Joshua and 11-year-old daughter Makenna. 

"They came in all excited saying, 'Wake up, Dad! You won $2,000!'" McCarty recalled.  The children had checked the ticket while their dad slept and counted nine words, which would have meant a $2,000 win.

"I thought I'd better check it again myself," said McCarty. "As I did, I realized they were wrong - I actually had ten words, not nine, and that was a $20,000 prize!"  The whole thing is still a little unbelievable, he said.

"I just play to play. I'm happy if I win $20."

With his prize of a thousand times that much, McCarty plans to take his children to Florida for a vacation. 

McCarty purchased his lucky ticket at Ten Ten Liquor, located at 1010 North 3rd in Lawrence, when he stopped to get a six-pack of beer last Saturday.  There are still 11 of the $20,000 top prizes left in the $2 Bonus Crossword game.


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