One lucky Ottawa woman took home $50,000 from a $5 lottery ticket this week.
The woman, who asked not to be named for privacy reasons, said she had to wait over a week before she was able to travel to Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka.
“It was very nerve-wracking,” she said in a press release. “I stay with my 90-year-old mother during the week, so I only have a couple days when I could make the trip.”
The ticket came from her son, who had bought several at Kicks 66 gas station, formerly known as Short Stop 23, at 1621 S. Main St., Ottawa. When he came home, he handed her the tickets. The next day, she scratched them off, and realized she was a winner. After she told her son the good news, he told her “the ticket was a gift” and was hers to keep.
Franklin County alone sold $2,772,946 in lottery tickets for fiscal year 2017, with around $1.6 million of that being in instant tickets. When Kicks 66 was known as Short Stop during FY 2017, it sold $379,593 — the second most for a gas station/convenience store in the county under Ottawa Mini Mart, 2120 S. Princeton St.
The Ottawa woman says she plans to use some of the money to put a down payment on a house.
“I’ve been renting my whole life, and I want to own a home,” she said in the press release.
Kansas Lottery reported there are two top prizes left on the $5 Super Red Hot Crossword.