Monday, June 04, 2012
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Linwood Resident Woke Up Feeling Lucky - Wins $20,000 Top
Whenever Tina Koci feels luck is on her side, she buys a Kansas
Lottery ticket. Last Friday, she was feeling lucky and asked
her sister Laura to buy her a $2 Bonus Crossword instant scratch
ticket since she was at work. It's a good thing Koci listened
to her "feeling." The Linwood resident revealed all 10 words
on her ticket, winning a $20,000 top prize!
"I'm not much of a gambler, but when I feel lucky I always buy a
ticket," said Koci. "If I dream about numbers, I usually buy
a Powerball ticket. When I woke up Friday, I decided I better
buy a ticket, but since I was at work Laura bought me a ticket and
scratched it for me."
While Koci was on her lunch break, Laura called with the good
"When she called and said I had won $20,000, I couldn't believe
it," said Koci. "I was trembling with the news. I was
never worried for a second she would be dishonest with me and claim
the ticket herself. We always share prizes when we win."
Before Koci had the chance to see the ticket for herself, her
fiancé Ronnie, had a photo of the ticket posted on his Facebook
"I had friends and family calling me asking if it were true,"
said Koci. "Everyone thought he was playing a joke."
Koci, who recently graduated with a criminal justice degree,
plans to pay bills, build a new garage on her property, and buy
another Bonus Crossword ticket with her winnings. And, of
course, she is sharing half of her prize with her sister.
The winning ticket was purchased at Lake Stop, located at 15621
158th St. in Bonner