Friday, April 06, 2012
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Ottawa Residents Win $20,000 "Bonus"
Tuesday afternoon, after playing the Kansas
Lottery's $2 Bonus Crossword instant scratch game, Thomas Holland
stopped at a convenience store to cash in what he thought was a
$100 winning ticket. While standing in line at the store,
Holland realized he had miscounted his words and had won
$2,000. After further inspection of the ticket, the Ottawa
resident discovered he had missed the letter "D," which caused him
to reveal all 10 words on his ticket, winning a $20,000 top
"I was in shock," said Holland. "I
went to the store thinking I had won $100. I never expected
to actually have a $20,000 winning ticket."
Holland's wife Pamela was in shock, too,
when her husband came home with the good news.
"When he told me he had won $20,000, all I
could say was, 'You're kidding me,'" said Pamela. "It was
After signing the back of the winning
ticket, Holland put his ticket in a drawer for safekeeping.
Although he knew the ticket was safe, he couldn't help but worry
and dream something had happened to it.
"I kept dreaming a mouse had eaten my ticket
and I couldn't claim it," said Holland. "We don't even have
Holland and Pamela, who have been married 43
years, have two grown children and five grandchildren with another
one on the way. They plan to purchase a newer vehicle with
his winnings as well as complete some home remodeling projects.
The winning ticket was purchased at Casey's
General Store 2362, located at 1019 W. 7th St.