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After three-month wait, Topekan claims $20K lottery prize

It never is a bad time to win $20,000, but Topekan Cindy Freeman didn’t exactly hit it big back in mid-March when she scratched off her winning Double Bonus Crossword ticket in her car.

At least not right away.

Why? Because Freeman’s good fortune just happened to come on the first day the Kansas Lottery closed its lobby to the public due to the coronavirus. Winners, Freeman learned after driving to the lottery’s office, were instructed to mail in their winning tickets or wait for the lottery to reopen.

“I didn’t know what to do,” Freeman said in a Thursday news release issued by the Kansas Lottery. “I read the sign that said I could mail it in, but that made me too nervous, so I just took it home and put it in a safe place, and it sat there for three months.”

Freeman told the lottery she buys two tickets each work day during lunch. The winning ticket, purchased at Murphy Express, 8599 at 1531 S.W. Wanamaker Road, was the second one she scratched that day.

“At first I thought I had miscounted,“ she said. ”I couldn’t believe that I had actually won $20,000!”

Freeman showed the ticket to her family, who helped convince her she did have a winner. But after driving to the lottery and finding the office closed, she started the wait that didn’t end until late June when the lottery began taking appointments for in-person claims of $600 or more.

“It feels great to finally have come in to claim the ticket,” said Freeman, who plans to use her winnings to pay off some medical bills and put the rest in savings. “Now we can actually tell everyone that I won! We hadn’t told anybody yet, and that was hard to keep quiet.”

The lottery reported Thursday that nine top prizes remain available in the $2 Double Bonus Crossword instant scratch game.

It never is a bad time to win $20,000, but Topekan Cindy Freeman didn’t exactly hit it big back in mid-March…

Woman claims second $20,000 jackpot from Kansas Lottery

March 13 (UPI) — A Kansas woman with a preference for a certain scratch-off lottery game had her loyalty pay off with a $20,000 prize — her second such jackpot.

Amanda Newton of Solomon told Kansas Lottery officials she bought four $2 Double Bonus Crossword scratch-off tickets from the Kwik Shop store in Salina.

“I bought four tickets and gave two to my mom and kept two for myself. We always split the tickets that we buy. My first ticket was a $2 winner, and then the last one I scratched was the big one!” Newton said.

The “big one” was a $20,000 top prize. Newton said she is no stranger to the winner’s circle — she won her first $20,000 prize almost exactly seven years ago.

“This is the same time that I won previously, because it comes right before one of my sons’ birthdays. This must be my lucky season.” Newton said.

She said the money will go toward paying bills and funding a long-planned family vacation.

“We’ve really wanted to visit Yellowstone as a family, and now it looks like we’ll be able to go. We’re all very excited!” she said.

A Kansas woman with a preference for a certain scratch-off lottery game had her loyalty pay off with a $20,000 prize — her second such jackpot.