Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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Topeka Resident Receives Surprise when Claiming $10,000
A Topeka man received a huge surprise when claiming a
Powerball ticket this afternoon. Steve Castellon came to
Lottery headquarters in Topeka to claim what he thought was a $500
winning ticket. However, much to his surprise, his winning
ticket was actually worth $10,000! Castellon, who purchased a
$10 Quick Pick Powerball ticket, matched four numbers plus the
Powerball in the June 6 drawing, winning the cash prize.
"I'm just shocked," said Castellon. "I really don't know
what to say. I came here thinking I had won $500 and was
thrilled with that."
According to Castellon, he buys Powerball tickets every other
week but doesn't check them until he has collected a stack of
"I bet I had 10 to 15 tickets stashed in my sun visor that I
hadn't checked until yesterday," said Castellon. "I knew I
had won something big, but never imagined my ticket was worth
$10,000. It's unbelievable!"
The happy winner said although he should check his tickets
immediately after each drawing, maybe his strategy of not checking
his tickets right away brought him luck.
"I'm going to keep playing, but I don't know if I'll check my
tickets right away," said Castellon. "Not checking them
seemed to work out pretty well for me this time."
Castellon, who works for Gordman's, was undecided how he would
spend his winnings.
"I don't think it has sunk in how much I have won," said
Castellon. "This is all so unbelievable and exciting."
The winning ticket was purchased at Topeka Quick Stop, located
at 1020 NW Topeka Blvd. in Topeka.