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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Sally Lunsford
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Garnett Player Receives $20,000 Lottery Surprise

It's happened again! A lottery player came into Lottery headquarters to claim a ticket and found out she'd actually won more than she thought - alotmore!

Sherry Benjamin, 66, of Garnett, arrived at Lottery headquarters thinking she had won $2,000 on a $2 Double Bonus Crossword ticket.

"When I got there I was really surprised to find out that I had actually won $20,000!" said an excited Benjamin. "I miscounted the number of words I'd scratched off. I thought I had nine, but instead I had ten."

Benjamin said she was rather glad she didn't know the amount of the prize before claiming the ticket.

"Or else I'm sure I wouldn't have slept at all last night," said the lucky winner.

Benjamin, who is the owner of Benjamin Realty in Garnett, told Lottery officials she is a frequent player of Bonus Crossword scratch tickets, and typically stops on her way home from work to pick one up.

"I love the $2 Crosswords, the $5 Super Red Hot Crosswords, too. It takes a while to play them, so I always feel like I'm getting my money's worth."

Benjamin, still "recovering" from her unexpected $20,000 win, said she had no plans yet for the prize money, and for now will just keep it in the bank.

The lucky winner purchased her $20,000 ticket at Casey's General Store 1336, located at 219 W. Park Road in Garnett.

There are 26 top prizes of $20,000 remaining in the Double Bonus Crossword game, along with 235 $2,000 prizes and hundreds of thousands of other cash prizes.

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