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Monday, July 28, 2014

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Sally Lunsford
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"I should come back to Kansas more often," says doubly lucky Illinois winner.

Seeing her brother who resides in Garnett isn't the only reason Judith Smith enjoys visiting Kansas - she has incredible luck in the Sunflower State!  When the Chicago-area resident was here in 2012, she won a $1,000 lottery scratch prize. Now, two years later, she's back at Lottery headquarters to claim a $10,000 prize.

"I have to come to Kansas to win like this," joked the lucky player. "I've never won a big lottery prize back home in Illinois."

Smith won her $10,000 prize on a $10 Best of 7s instant scratch ticket she purchased last April when she was visiting her brother over the Easter holiday.

"I bought the ticket in Ottawa on my way to the airport as I was leaving for home," said Smith. "I called my brother and told him, 'I'll be back!'"

It took three months for Smith to return to Kansas to claim her $10,000 prize. In the meantime, the Lottery stopped selling Best of 7s tickets when the last top prize was hit, but Smith and other players still have until December 1, 2014, to claim prizes in the game.

With the luck she has in Kansas, Smith definitely plans to buy more Kansas Lottery scratch tickets while she's here this time.

"The first $1,000 win was good; the second $10,000 win was great," she said.  "A third win would mean Kansas really is my lucky charm!"

"I'm going to be here until Friday," said Smith with a smile. "So, I have lots of time. Maybe I'll stop back at the store that sold me the $10,000 ticket."

The store where Smith purchased her lucky $10,000 winning ticket is Ottawa Mini Mart, located at 2120 Princeton Road in Ottawa.


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