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DATE:
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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Ottawa Resident Cashes in $50,000 Gift from Her Son

Sandra Gilliam of Ottawa had to wait over a week before she was able to come to Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka to claim a $50,000 prize on her $5 Super Red Hot Crossword ticket. 

"It was very nerve-wracking." Gilliam said. "I stay with my 90-year-old mother during the week, so I only have a couple days when I could make the trip." 

Her family is the reason that Gilliam was in Topeka to claim her big ticket! "My son bought a couple of tickets at the gas station, and when he came home he handed them to me," she said. 

The next day, she scratched off the tickets, and saw that she had a $50,000 winner! When she told her son, he said the ticket was a gift, and was hers to keep. "I have great kids," said Gilliam. 

Gilliam says she plans to put a down payment on a home with her winnings. "I've been renting my whole life, and I want to own a home," she said. 

The ticket was purchased at Ottawa Kicks on 1621 S. Main Street in Ottawa, Kansas. There are still two top prizes left on the $5 Super Red Hot Crossword as well as thousands of dollars in other cash prizes.




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