January 3, 2013
Kansas' newest millionaire says "something inside him" told him he was going to win the top $1 million prize in the Kansas Lottery's Holiday Millionaire Raffle. The Wichita winner, who is in his 40s, claimed the prize late yesterday afternoon at Lottery headquarters after matching the grand prize winning number of 120833.
The winner brought his wife and three children with him to claim the prize. He said they had to borrow a vehicle to make the trip from Wichita to Topeka because they do not currently own a car.
"We're going to use the prize money to buy a car and a house," said the winner who described himself as "nervous, excited and very happy." The winner's wife said the win is a prayer answered.
"I prayed to God that we would win the $1 million because we really needed it," she said on the brink of tears.
The winner, who works as a house painter, had purchased a total of five raffle tickets.
"The whole family started crying and hugging and jumping up and down," he said. "This has truly changed our lives."
The winner purchased his lucky raffle ticket at Dillons 31, located at 1640 S. Broadway. The store receives a $1,000 bonus for selling the ticket.
In addition to the $1 million top prize, the December 31 Holiday Millionaire Raffle drawing produced 25 winners of $5,000, 25 winners of $1,000, and 2,500 winners of $100. Five Early Bird drawings produced ten $10,000 raffle winners, all of whom have claimed their prizes.
Players with $100 winning tickets can claim them at any Kansas Lottery retail location. Larger prizes must be claimed at a Lottery office in Topeka or Great Bend, either in person or by mail. Players must present their original tickets to claim a prize and have 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim winning tickets.