Thursday, June 5, 2014
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McPherson Resident Wins "Super Red Hot" Prize worth
Afton Gabriel had a great start to his week after purchasing a
Kansas Lottery $5 Super
Red Hot Crossword instant scratch ticket Monday morning.
The 23-year-old McPherson resident revealed six red words on his
ticket to win a $50,000 top prize!
"I've only lived in Kansas for about three months and this is
only the third time I've ever bought a Crossword ticket," said
Gabriel. "At first I thought I had won $10, but when I had
the ticket checked at a convenience store, the clerk pulled me
aside and said I had won more than he could pay out. After he
told me that, I assumed I must have won $1,000. I never expected it
to be 50 times that!"
Still thinking he had won $1,000, Gabriel returned home to show
his fiancée Nichole Yianakopulls the winning ticket.
"I sped home to show Nichole the ticket," the lucky winner
said. "When I walked in the house, the first thing I said to
her was, 'Babe, we just won some serious money.' I was so
happy I was crying. We had Nichole's dad take a look at the ticket
and that's when we realized I had won $50,000. I kept the
ticket in my shoe until we were able to put it in a lock box the
next day. This couldn't have come at a better time. I
recently lost my job and this money will allow me to pay off bills
and get a fresh start."
The lucky winner also plans to use a portion of his big win for
his upcoming wedding later this year. The winning ticket was
purchased at Shell Food Mart, located at 1201 E. 1st St.
After Gabriel's win, two $50,000 top prizes remain in the Super
Red Hot Crossword instant scratch game. In addition to winning
cash prizes in the $5 game, Kansas Lottery Players Club members can
enter their non-winning tickets for a chance to win a VIP racing
weekend prize package to the October NASCAR races at Kansas
Speedway in the Kansas
Speedway online-only second-chance drawing.