Friday, January 4, 2013
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Lady Luck Shines on Leoti Resident
Yesterday was an extremely lucky day for Misti
Grandstaff. Earlier in the afternoon, the Leoti resident
purchased a variety of Kansas Lottery instant scratch tickets,
winning a total of $106. Since she was on a winning streak,
she bought another $20 worth, winning $20. Feeling Lady Luck
on her side, Grandstaff decided to buy a $20 Casino Game Book with
her $20 winnings and boy, she was glad she did. Grandstaff
revealed a Royal Flush playing the 5 Card Draw game, winning a top
prize of $100,000!
"I didn't scratch my Casino Game Book ticket until later in the
evening," said Grandstaff. "I bought the ticket, went grocery
shopping and fixed dinner for my family before I finally scratched
it. I'm not familiar with poker, so when I scratched the 5
Card Draw game, I wasn't sure if I had revealed a Straight Flush or
a Royal Flush. I showed my husband Robert the ticket and he
assured me I had a Royal Flush which meant I had won
$100,000. I couldn't believe it. I immediately started
Still not sure of her big win, Grandstaff went back to the store
where she purchased her ticket to have it verified.
"When Ben, the store clerk, told me I had to claim my ticket at
the Lottery, I knew it was $100,000," said Grandstaff. "I
called my mom right away and was crying so hard she couldn't
understand what I was saying and thought something was wrong with
"I made it to her house in a matter of minutes," said Tracy
Montoya, Grandstaff's mom who accompanied her daughter to
Topeka. "I thought something terrible had happened.
When she told me she had won $100,000 on the Casino Game Book, I
couldn't believe it. I had bought the two tickets before
Due to the excitement of the win, everyone agreed they weren't
going to be able to sleep, so Grandstaff and her husband, along
with her mom and dad made an overnight trip to Lottery headquarters
in Topeka to claim the prize.
"Before leaving town, we stopped by the Sheriff's department to
have my ticket checked," said Grandstaff. "I just wanted to make
sure it was real. Of course, they didn't know what to do, so
we went ahead and drove to Topeka. We arrived at 4 a.m. and
took naps until the Lottery office opened at 8 a.m. It's been
a crazy 12 hours."
Grandstaff and her husband Robert, who have been married eight
years, have three children ages 6, 4 and 2. They plan to
purchase a home and a newer vehicle with their winnings.
"Thank you, Kansas Lottery," said Grandstaff. "This has
been a true blessing for my family."
The lucky ticket was purchased at Presto 1611, located at 410
East K St. in Leoti.