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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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Sally Lunsford
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Lebo Resident has "So Many Dollars" after Winning "So Many Santas"

Edward Winn said his wife Tina has good luck winning radio contests, leading disc jockeys to kid her about her last name, Winn.  Edward Winn now knows how that feels.  Kansas Lottery officials couldn't resist noting his "WINNing" name when he came to Lottery headquarters to claim a $25,000 prize in the $5 instant holiday game So Many Santas

Winn, a control room operator at Wolf Creek Generating Station in Burlington for 23 years, said the Christmas Day crew was handing out Kansas Lottery instant tickets as gifts and he received a Super Red Hot Crossword ticket that won $5.  

"I asked my son Bradley to go cash it in for me," explained the 47-year-old Lebo resident. "But he didn't do that - instead, he used the $5 winnings to bring me home a $5 So Many Santas ticket."

When Winn scratched off the ticket and saw it was a $25,000 winner, the first thing he said to his 24-year-old son was, "Bradley, tell me this is not a prank ticket!"

After looking on the Kansas Lottery website and seeing So Many Santas was one of the Kansas Lottery's holiday games, he realized the ticket was real and signed the back of it right away.

Winn acknowledges his son played a major role in his win, deciding on his own not to take the cash and run, but instead picking out another ticket, that particular ticket.

"He's already asking me what percentage he's going to get. I told him we'd talk about it," said Winn with a smile.

The lucky $25,000 So Many Santas ticket was purchased at Casey's General Store 1266, located at 2 East Broadway Street in Lebo.  There is still one $25,000 top prize in So Many Santas, by the way, that has not yet been claimed!

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