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Thursday, August 1, 2013

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Karie Lowe
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Paola Resident Wins $10,000 Top Prize Playing $2 Bubble Bucks

After getting off work Monday afternoon, Nathan Smith stopped at a convenience store for gas and a few lottery tickets.  As he was waiting for his gas tank to fill, he scratched his tickets.  The first ticket he scratched wasn't a winner, but the second ticket he scratched nearly sent him into a state of shock.  The 22-year-old revealed a $10,000 top prize playing a Kansas Lottery $2 Bubble Bucks instant scratch ticket!

"I immediately called my wife Michelle when I realized how much I had won," said Smith.  "I was so shocked, I kept stuttering and she couldn't understand what I was saying."

After a few minutes, Smith was finally able to calm down and explain to his wife that he had just won $10,000.

"I was so shook up, I didn't know what to do next," said Smith.  "When I got home I signed the back of the ticket and Michelle hid it in our sock drawer.  She looked on the Lottery's website on how to claim a prize and printed all the forms we needed to take with us to Topeka.  I had to wait until my next day off work before I could claim my prize.  Those couple of days of waiting went by very slowly."

Smith, who works at McDonald's in Louisburg, didn't want to share his good news with friends and family until Lottery officials verified his win.

"We wanted to make sure it was real before we told anyone," said Smith.  "Now we have proof of our win and can start telling people."

The Smiths, who have one daughter, plan to pay bills with their winnings.  He purchased his winning ticket at Louisburg Phillips 66 Food Plaza, located at 1501 W. Amity in Louisburg.

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