TONGANOXIE, Ks. — A paper-jammed Kansas Lottery ticket turned out to be lucky for a couple from Tonganoxie, Kansas.
Michael and Virginia Owens will be celebrating their 43rd anniversary in style next month after winning $22,000 playing 2by2 with the Kansas Lottery. The couple matched both red balls (11 and 18) and both White balls (07 and 23) to win the top prize.
"We play 2by2 almost every day. It's a lot of fun," said Virginia Owens. "We had a free ticket winner, so we went to the store to get a new ticket, and when they went to print the new one, the machine jammed up and crinkled the ticket up."
"The clerk made the comment that tickets that don't print right are lucky," said Michael Owens. "Turns out they knew what they were talking about!"
Virginia Owens didn't check the ticket until she was out grocery shopping the next day.
"I went to the store, and before I started shopping, I thought I would check my tickets. When I checked my ticket, the machine said to take it to the clerk. I just assumed because it was wrinkled up, that it wasn't scanning right," she said.
When the clerk checked the ticket, a claim form came out, and that's when she knew she had a big win.
"I was so excited, I went straight home and forgot to get the groceries," she said.
The couple doesn't know what they're going to do with their winnings just yet.
"We have two kids and five grandchildren, so I'm sure we'll figure something out," said Michael Owens. "Plus I have some vacation time coming up anyway, so we might take a little trip as well."
The winning ticket was sold at Brothers Market at 319 Ridge Street in Tonganoxie.
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