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Monday, April 17, 2017

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Karie Lowe
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Leavenworth Resident receives Early Birthday Surprise worth $25,000

Some say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but for Tina Dwyer, the Kansas Lottery's Double Diamond instant scratch game is her new best friend.  The lucky Leavenworth resident purchased two of the $5 instant scratch tickets and won a $25,000 top prize on the first one she played!

"I usually buy $10 worth of the $2 Crosswords every day after work, but when I saw the new $5 Double Diamond game, I decided to buy it instead," explained Dwyer. "I scratched the first ticket when I was in the car and couldn't believe what I was seeing.  My first thought when I realized I had won $25,000 was 'Oh, my God! I can't believe this!' I was so excited."

The lucky winner tried calling her husband at work, but her cell phone was dead.  When she arrived home, she rushed in the house to use the landline phone.

"When I talked to my husband and told him how much I had won, he thought I had one of those fake lottery tickets," laughed Dwyer.  "He didn't believe me until he got home and was able to see the ticket for himself.  This win came at a great time. My birthday is coming up and I'm considering this to be an early birthday present.  Happy birthday to me!"

Dwyer said she plans to buy a newer car with a portion of her winnings and enjoy the rest.  She purchased her winning ticket at Star Gas, located 788 Spruce St. in Leavenworth. There are three $25,000 top prizes remaining in the Double Diamond instant scratch game as well as thousands of other cash prizes.


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