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Kansas man wins big in lottery for 2nd time in '09

Kansas LotteryKansas Lottery: Kansas man wins big in lottery for 2nd time in '09

WICHITA, Kan. — Edward Williams is the definition of lucky after winning the lottery for a second time in a year. Williams, 47, of Wichita won $75,000 in September playing a $10 scratch ticket. Then on Wednesday, he defied the odds again when matched all the numbers in the Super Kansas Cash drawing to win a jackpot worth nearly $900,000."

When I hit $75,000, I figured lighting struck once, it won't ever hit again," Williams said in a prepared statement released by Kansas Lottery officials. "This one knocked me flat!"

He traveled Friday to Topeka to collect his winnings. Super Kansas Cash jackpots are paid in a single cash lump sum. After taxes are withheld, the jackpot is worth $627,541. Also, Yogi's Grill & Bar in Wichita will be eligible for a $1,000 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

"When I won the $75,000, I bought a car and put the rest of the winnings into a CD," Williams said. "This time, I'm saving it for retirement, which I hope to do at 55."

Williams, who is single, has worked for almost 17 years ago for Johnson Controls. Before that, he served in the Marines.

He said he has been playing Super Kansas Cash, Powerball and other lottery games consistently for 17 years.

"Just keep on playing," advised Williams, who buys a $5 Quick Pick for every Super Kansas Cash drawing. "That's the best advice I have for other people looking for that big win."

Williams isn't the first repeat lottery winner.

Keith Selix, of Waterloo, Iowa, gained notoriety in 2006 after winning three lottery prizes totaling $81,000.

At the time, he said his fortune mysteriously changed after his wife died, and he was convinced he was being "led from above."

Ironically, Selix's wife had often scolded him for wasting his money on the "those cotton-picking tickets."

AP

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CowboysFan's avatar - Cowboys
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Posted: August 10, 2009, 12:04 am - IP Logged

"Just keep on playing."   Well that's what I keep on telling myself. Hopefully someday my day will come.

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    Posted: August 10, 2009, 12:06 am - IP Logged

    Good for this guy!

    $75,000 on a scratcher and $900,000 on a Quick Pick, does anyone here deny it's all luck?

    Lep

    Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

    Lep

    There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

      ThatScaryChick's avatar - AbnSTiA

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      Posted: August 10, 2009, 12:35 am - IP Logged

      Wow, congrats to him! He's a very lucky guy.

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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        Posted: August 10, 2009, 1:52 am - IP Logged

        Congrats to him. Thumbs Up

        "I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious."
        - Vince Lombardi

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          Posted: August 10, 2009, 6:31 am - IP Logged

          "Just keep on playing."

          I love those words....just what I needed to hear AFTER doing my budget for the month of August & leaving the lotto out of it.  Geez.....what's a gal to do?!!!

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            Posted: August 10, 2009, 10:03 am - IP Logged

            Now I'm wondering of the old "Two makes three and three's a charm" is going to be this guy hitting PB or MM or the state Pick 6.

            Lep

            I wonder if he bouth the tickets at the same place, and if he did I'll bet their loto sales have picked up!

            Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

            Lep

            There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.


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              Posted: August 10, 2009, 1:03 pm - IP Logged

              "Just keep on playing."   Well that's what I keep on telling myself. Hopefully someday my day will come.

              I agree if you keep on playing you gonna win, but if he keeps on playing lottery with the money, I'm sure the money gonna go away quick. That happen to m alot. Once I won $500 and the next day, i was broke. The lottery is a game of chance. Anybody can win it, but if you become an addict, you might lose everything you got and end it up in bankrupcy.

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                Posted: August 10, 2009, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

                I agree if you keep on playing you gonna win, but if he keeps on playing lottery with the money, I'm sure the money gonna go away quick. That happen to m alot. Once I won $500 and the next day, i was broke. The lottery is a game of chance. Anybody can win it, but if you become an addict, you might lose everything you got and end it up in bankrupcy.

                Well, if he only spends $5 dollars or so like he usually does, (the article said, he buys 5.00 dollar quick picks) then I don't see how he would go broke. You choose to spend your $500 winnings in one day. A lot of people can win $500 and spread it over a period of time. One time, I $40 dollars and was able to make that last a month or so because I choose to spread it over a certain amount of time and not use it all at once.

                "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                  Posted: August 11, 2009, 6:21 pm - IP Logged

                  some people have all the luck. It's not more than a year since I won anything over $50. I too need $50,000 Jack-in-the-Box 

                  ya hear that lotto god?