Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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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.