A Topeka resident is dreaming bigger after claiming the $1 million Powerball cash prize from the September 2 Powerball drawing. The lucky winner, who wished to remain anonymous, matched all numbers but the Powerball on a $6 Quick Pick ticket.
"I buy lottery tickets twice a week and always at the same store," explained the winner. "On Mondays, I always buy a Super Kansas Cash ticket for $4 and a Powerball ticket for $6. On Thursdays, I check my tickets and purchase more. Yesterday, when I was checking my Powerball ticket, I received a message I had never seen before. I scanned the ticket again and received the same message, 'Sign back of ticket. Claim at Lottery.' I wasn't sure what that meant, so I asked the store clerk to check it for me. After scanning the ticket, he told me to sign the back of my ticket. When I realized how much I had won all I could say was, 'Holy, cow'".
After signing the back of the winning ticket, the Topeka resident put it in his wallet for safe keeping.
"I haven't told anyone about my ticket, so I knew it would be safe in my wallet," said the winner. "Winning such a big prize is surprising. I've been playing lottery games for several years and the most I've ever won was $50 at the most. I don't think the fact that I've won $1 million has caught up with me."
The lucky winner, who is a stick welder, claimed his $1 million cash prize over his lunch hour.
"Winning this big of a prize will allow me to pay off my mortgage," the winner said. "Once that's paid off, I'm going to save the rest. I'm going to continue to buy tickets twice a week as usual. Maybe I'll get lucky again?"
The winning ticket was purchased at Gas and Shop, located at 1900 NW Topeka Blvd. in Topeka.
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