Friday, January 3, 2014
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KSU Student Claims $50,000 Kansas Lottery Prize
Kansas State University Student Jeffrey Wolken is learning many
useful things in college, including the importance of patience.
Wolken, 26, scratched off a $50,000 prize on a $5 Super Red Hot
Crossword instant ticket last July, and just claimed it at Lottery
headquarters this week.
"My dad's a banker," said the lucky winner. "He told me to hold
off claiming it until 2014. It was tough to wait, definitely
tough." Wolken said since July the ticket has been stored safely in
a safe deposit box.
Wolken recalled how he came to buy the ticket. He said he had
some time to kill one day last July while waiting for his
girlfriend to get out of class, so he stopped at a convenience
store to get a soft drink and picked up the $5 ticket while he was
"That was kind of unusual, because I don't usually buy $5
tickets," he said. "I usually get the $2 Bonus Crosswords."
Wolken, whose hometown is Beloit, is studying for his B.S. in
Construction Science Management. He told Lottery officials he
would use the prize money to pay school expenses and maybe purchase
a different vehicle. He also hopes to take a ski vacation over
Wolken's lucky Super Red Hot Crossword ticket was purchased at
Dara's Fast Lane, located at 1816 Claflin Road in Manhattan.
Wolken's prize was the last $50,000 prize to be claimed in
Game #534 Super Red Hot Crossword.
The Kansas Lottery is currently selling two other $5 Super Red
Crossword games, #554
Players who have non-winning tickets in #562 Super Red Hot
Crossword can enter their tickets into a pair of drawings to win a
Kansas Speedway VIP Racing Experience prize package: Speedway Super Red
Hot Crossword Promotion.