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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Sally Lunsford
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Olathe Player's $10,000 "Prediction" Comes True

When Isaiah Wilson buys an instant ticket from the Kansas Lottery, he always says the same thing right before he scratches it.

"I say, 'This time I'm going to win $10,000,'" the 25-year-old Olathe resident disclosed to Lottery officials.

Apparently there's something to be said for the power of positive thinking. This week Wilson did exactly what he said - he won $10,000!  The lucky ticket that gave Wilson his win was a $2 Electric 7's. 

The 25-year-old Olathe man said he had just gotten off working 48 hours in four days, and went to a bar to have a couple of beers with a friend.  Afterwards, they stopped to get gas at a place Wilson had never been before.

"I had $6 so I went in, bought three Electric 7's tickets and stuck them in my back pocket," Wilson explained. "When I got back to the car, my friend said, 'You got some lottery tickets, didn't you?' I guess he knows me pretty well." The two went on to Wilson's friend's house, where Wilson finally played his tickets.

"I got a free ticket on the first one; the second one was a non-winner; and then I scratched the third one. On the very last line, there was a '7,' and right beside it was a $10,000 prize."

After getting over the initial shock, Wilson and his friend jumped up and down and danced around the room.  Said Wilson, "It was a special moment."

Wilson was still excited when he claimed the $10,000 ticket at Lottery headquarters late Tuesday afternoon.

"I am really stoked!" he declared.

Wilson works two jobs. He's a cook at Jack Stack in Overland Park and also waits tables at Cinzetti's in Overland Park. He said he might purchase a new car with his prize money, or possibly take a European vacation.

The lucky Electric 7's ticket was purchased at Minute Stop, located at 10395 Marty in Overland Park.

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