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Friday, May 23, 2014

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Karie Lowe
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Wellington Woman Wins $10,000 Top Prize Playing Ghostbusters

Last fall, Rhonda Day of Wellington made a trip to Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka to claim a $1,000 cash prize she had won playing an instant scratch ticket.  After claiming the prize, Day commented to her family that someday she would be back to Lottery headquarters to claim an even bigger prize.  And, she was right!  Today, the 43-year-old claimed a $10,000 top prize playing a $2 Ghostbusters instant scratch ticket!

"I'm so excited and I can't stop shaking," said Day.  "I play scratch tickets every day and have been lucky enough to have won $1,000 twice. I knew I'd win big someday!"

The lucky winner purchased her $2 winning ticket May 14, while at a convenience store.  Before leaving the store, she scratched her ticket and was shocked when she discovered her ticket was worth $10,000.

"I sat in my car starring at the ticket thinking, 'This can't be right,'" said Day.  "I went back inside the store and had the ticket checked. When the clerk said I had to sign the back of the ticket and claim it at the Lottery, I knew without a doubt, I had won $10,000."

After signing the back of her winning ticket, Day called her husband Craig with the good news.

"He thought I was joking and didn't believe me until I showed him the ticket," said Day.  "He was very happy I had won.  If I win over $20 on a lottery ticket, I always split my winnings with him.  He plans to buy a new shot gun with his half of the money. Heck, the way my luck is going, I think I'm going to start playing Powerball. Maybe I'll win an even bigger prize?"

Day, who is a "Lunch Lady" at Wellington Middle School, has two daughters.  She and her husband Craig have been married 13 years.  The Days plan to take a vacation with a portion of the winnings and help pay wedding expenses for a daughter who is getting married next year.

The winning ticket was purchased at Casey's General Store  3059, located at 1021 W. 8th St. in Wellington.  After Days big win, there are three $10,000  top prizes remaining in the Ghostbusters instant scratch game.  Additional prizes in the game include 22 cash  prizes of $1,000, 34 cash prizes of $500, as well as thousands of other cash prizes.



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