Just moments before the Kansas Lottery in Topeka closed its doors for the New Years holiday, the holder of a one-million dollar lottery ticket rushed in to claim her prize. The winner, 50-year-old Victoria Mason of Wichita, was breathless by the time she arrived with her winning ticket in hand to claim the top prize in the Holiday Millionaire Raffle.
"I checked my ticket at a Check-a-Ticket machine at a Wichita retailer today. The machine told me to sign the back of the ticket and claim it at the lottery," Mason said.
Mason purchased her lucky ticket at Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in Wichita on October 19, the day after sales started in the first ever Kansas Lottery's first ever Raffle.
"I was listening to people talk about the Raffle, and I thought, why not?", Mason said.
The win comes at a great time for Mason. She has been laid off from Cessna since the end of March and says things have been pretty tight. Mason is single with a 19-year-old son. She isn't sure what she will do with the prize money, but she is expecting a little different New Year's Eve than the one she had last year.
"Last year, I didn't do anything. This year will be a lot more fun." Mason said.
Winning numbers in the Kansas Lottery’s first-ever Raffle were drawn today, and one ticket is a guaranteed $1 million winner! The grand prize winning ticket number is 030743. If your Holiday Millionaire Raffle ticket matches that number exactly, you will win $1 million. The $1 million ticket was sold in south central Kansas.
Five other ticket numbers are each worth $50,000. Those ticket numbers, and the regions in which they were sold, are:
000766 (sold in south central Kansas)
047728 (sold in south central Kansas)
081916 (sold in northeast Kansas)
139476 (sold in northeast Kansas)
139695 (sold in northeast Kansas)
Again, your original Holiday Millionaire Raffle tickets must match the winning numbers exactly. Players must present their original tickets to claim a prize. The $1 million grand prize and the five $50,000 prizes must be claimed at a Lottery office in Topeka or Great Bend, either in person or by mail. Please note: Lottery offices will close at 5 p.m. December 31, 2009, for the New Year’s holiday and reopen at 8 a.m. January 4, 2010.
The Lottery also drew 500 Raffle numbers, which will each win $500 each. For a complete list of winning numbers, visit: http://www.kslottery.com/Raffle/HolidayMillionaireRaffleWinners.htm
Tickets can also be checked at any Kansas Lottery retail location, including the Check-a-Ticket machines. Prizes of $500 may be claimed at most Lottery retailers.
The Kansas Lottery reminds players to sign their tickets and keep them in a safe place until they are checked or claimed. For questions about the Holiday Millionaire Raffle, call Lottery headquarters in Topeka at 785-296-5700.