Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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Texas Resident Home for the Holidays receives Gift worth
A Texas resident home for the holidays received a gift worth
$10,000 from his sister on Christmas day. Steven Shannon
received $10 worth of a variety of Kansas Lottery instant scratch
tickets during a white elephant gift exchange and won a $10,000 top
prize playing the $2 Winter Fun game!
"Every year my family does a white elephant gift exchange,"
explained Shannon. "Anyone who wants to participate buys $10
worth of any Kansas Lottery instant tickets or pull tabs and wraps
them in a box so you can't tell what tickets are inside.
Before the exchange, we pile the boxes on the table and everyone
draws a number to see who goes first. No one can scratch
their tickets until the end because we can steal someone's tickets
if we want to. When that happens, the person who had their
tickets taken from them can steal from someone else or pick a new
box. Luckily, no one wanted my tickets."
Once the gift exchange was over, everyone scratched their
tickets. You can imagine Shannon's surprise when he
discovered he had won a $10,000 top prize.
"I thought someone had put a fake winning ticket in the group of
tickets I had," said Shannon. "I asked everyone who had bought the
tickets I scratched because I thought I had won $10,000. Come
to find out it was my sister. She assured me it wasn't a
According to Shannon, winning $10,000 caused a big stir within
the 21 family members who participated in the white elephant gift
"The entire family was excited and happy for me," said
Shannon. "I signed the back of the ticket and went to the
store where my sister bought it. When the clerk scanned the
ticket and said I had to claim my prize at the Lottery, I was
convinced my ticket was real. What a great Christmas
Shannon graduated from the University of Houston December 21,
with a degree in Music Education. He is home visiting his
parents, who live in Ellis. He plans to purchase a newer
vehicle with his winnings and do something special for his sister
since she purchased the winning ticket.
The winning ticket was purchased at Casey's General Store 1930,
located at 213 Washington St. in Ellis.