Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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Abilene Resident hoping for Non-Winning Ticket - Wins $10,000
Christina "Tina" Rankin had an
unforgettable birthday this year. The 48-year-old Abilene
resident celebrated her birthday by purchasing a Kansas Lottery $10
Cadillac Riches instant scratch ticket and winning a $10,000 cash
prize playing the game!
"My birthday is August 22, and
to celebrate I bought a $2 ticket and ended up winning a small
amount and decided to cash it in for a different ticket," explained
Rankin. "I never buy $10 tickets, but I thought I would give
it a try. The store clerk suggested I buy the Cadillac Riches
game since it had a second-chance drawing so I could mail in my
ticket if it didn't win. I figured I'd give it try and was
really hoping I would have a non-winning ticket because I wanted to
win the Cadillac."
Although Rankin didn't win the
Cadillac, she was thrilled with the $10,000 cash prize she did
"After I bought the ticket, I
took it to work and scratched it," said Rankin. "I started at
the bottom of the ticket and worked my way to the top. At the
top, I had to match one of my winning numbers to any of the winning
numbers to win, which I did, but I hadn't scratched the prize
amount to see how much I had won. I figured I had probably
won a free ticket or something, and was a little upset because I
wanted a non-winning ticket to send in for the second-chance
drawing. When I started scratching off the amount I won, I
saw $10 and figured I had won $10. As I kept scratching I
revealed more zeros and couldn't believe what I was seeing.
Everything seemed surreal. It was like I was in slow
Since she was at work, the lucky
winner showed her winning ticket to a co-worker who likes to play
"I wanted someone that is
familiar with playing scratch tickets to verify how much I had
won," said Rankin. "When he agreed I had won $10,000, the
first thing he told me was to sign the back of my ticket.
Everyone has told us that good things happen to good people.
I sent the store a Thank You card for selling me the ticket and
tipped the store clerk who sold me the ticket $100."
In addition to working for Smart
Insurance in Abilene, Rankin has been a mentor for Big Brothers Big
Sisters for several years. She and her husband Larry are
celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary today. They
have two grown children and two grandchildren. The couple
plans to use their winnings towards an anniversary trip to Maine in
The winning ticket was purchased
at West Stop, located 420 N. Buckeye in Abilene.