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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Karie Lowe
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Daily Crossword Player Wins $20,000 Top Prize!

According to 19-year-old Elena Castillo, the Kansas Lottery's $2 Bonus Crossword instant scratch tickets are her favorite game to play.  The Wichita resident purchases tickets every day and this past Sunday was no exception.  Castillo, who purchased four Bonus Crossword tickets that evening, was "very shocked" when she revealed a $20,000 top prize on the last ticket she scratched!

"This has been a miracle," said Castillo.  "I'm still having a hard time believing I've won such a big prize."

After realizing she had won a $20,000 top prize, Castillo could hardly contain her excitement and called her friends and family with the good news.

"People in my family are big Crossword fans and players," said Castillo.  "They have been playing the game for a long time.  When I told everyone how much I had won, they were very excited for me. I posted on my Facebook page that I had won and got a lot of 'likes' and good comments.  When I went to bed, I was a little nervous having the ticket and didn't want it out of my sight, so I put
it in my bra and slept with it."

After a restless night, Castillo, along with several family members, made the trip to Lottery headquarters in Topeka on Monday to claim her prize. 

"My family is so happy for me, they had to come with me to claim my prize," said Castillo.  "I'm going to keep playing, so maybe I'll be back to claim another big prize."

Castillo, who has a one-month-old daughter, said she was undecided how she would spend her winnings.  She purchased her winning
ticket at QuikTrip 373, located at 1610 E. Lincoln in Wichita.  There are six $20,000 top prizes and 34 $2,000 cash prizes remaining in the game.

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