Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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The Walking Dead Game Pays Off for Superstitious Allen
According to Vlinda Hewitt, she is a very superstitious
person. The Allen resident purchases $5 worth of Kansas
Lottery instant scratch tickets each day, but has a particular
system she uses when buying them. The 53-year-old will not
buy Lottery games with the tickets numbered zero to six or tickets
numbered 110 or above. Her technique paid off when she
purchased a $2 The
Walking Dead instant scratch ticket, with a ticket number of
24, and won a $10,000 top prize!
"Before I went to work Friday morning, I stopped to buy my usual
$5 worth of lottery tickets," said Hewitt. "Since I was mad
at the Bonus Crossword game because I wasn't winning, I was going
to buy a $2 Tanks of 200s game, but it was on ticket number zero so
I didn't buy it. The store didn't have many $2 tickets
available, so I decided to buy The Walking Dead since it was on
ticket number 24."
Once she arrived at work, Hewitt scratched her ticket and was
shocked when she discovered she had won a $10,000 top prize!
"I have my own way of scratching tickets, too," laughed Hewitt.
"On The Walking Dead game, you have to match symbols and if
you do, you win the prize shown for that symbol. I always see
if I've matched any of the 10 symbols first and if I have, I'll
scratch off the prize amount."
As Hewitt was scratching off the symbols on her ticket, she
realized she had matched one but didn't reveal the prize amount she
had won right away.
"After scratching off my symbols, I went back to the prize
amount and thought I had won $10," said Hewitt. "As I kept
scratching, I was seeing more zeros and knew I had won more than
$10. I was stunned when I saw I had won $10,000. I
showed my ticket to a co-worker and then left work to have it
checked. When the store clerk verified I had won, I signed
the back of the ticket and kept it in my pocket the rest of the
day. It was very hard to concentrate on work. I'm
surprised I didn't wear my ticket out by pulling it out of my
pocket so many times to look at it."
This isn't the first big win for Hewitt. A couple of years
ago, she won a $3,100 top prize playing a Kansas Lottery $1
Halloween-themed game that had black cats on the ticket.
"The day I won $3,100 on a Halloween ticket, I had seen a ton of
black cats everywhere,"said Hewitt. "I saw real black cats,
plastic black cats, and after I scratched the Halloween ticket, I
ended up seeing another black cat. The black cat symbol on my
ticket caused me to win $3,100. My superstitions paid off that day,
Hewitt, who works for Saddle Creek Café in Council Grove, plans
to purchase a newer truck with her winnings and start a savings
account for her nieces.
The winning ticket was purchased at Short Stop 18, located at 9
E. Main in Council Grove. There are four $10,000 top prizes
remaining in The Walking Dead game. In addition to winning a
top prize, players can also enter non-winning tickets online
through the Kansas Lottery's Players Club for a chance to win great
merchandise in The
Walking Dead second-chance drawing.