Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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Osage City Couple Instantly Wins $100,000 Top Prize!
An Osage City couple had an exciting start to their Memorial Day
weekend. On May 23, Michelle and Mike Rooks purchased two
Kansas Lottery $20 Pure
Gold instant scratch tickets and won on both tickets. One
ticket was worth $20 and the other ticket
won a top prize worth $100,000!
"Friday morning, Mike stopped to visit me at work and I asked
him to buy the last two Pure Gold tickets, so I could put a new
game in our Lottery dispenser," explained Michelle Rooks, who is a
convenience store manager. "He gave me one ticket to scratch
and kept one for himself. He scratched the $20 winning ticket
and I scratched the $100,000! We were so surprised and
"We about flipped our lids when we realized we had won
$100,000," added Mike Rooks. "Michelle signed the back of the
ticket and I kept it with me. Since I'm a police officer for
the Osage City Police Department, I figured it was best I keep the
ticket instead of her. On Saturday, we bought a fireproof
safe and I'd put the ticket in there at night."
Winning such a large prize at the start of a long holiday
weekend made the couple a little nervous, so they agreed not to
tell any friends or family until the ticket was claimed.
"We kept it quiet for a day before we had to tell our family and
friends," laughed Michelle. "We rarely buy lottery tickets
and neither does our family, so no one believed us when we told
them we'd won. Even after showing them the ticket some
thought it was one of those fake tickets you see people getting
The Rooks, who have been married nearly a year, have five
children between them. They plan to purchase a new vehicle
and take a family vacation with a portion of their
The winning ticket was purchased at Aunt Dee's BP, located at
110 Market St. in Osage City. There is one $100,000 top
prize remaining in the $20 Pure Gold instant scratch game.