Archive for Monday, January 3, 2011

Baker student claims $10K lottery prize

January 3, 2011

Money might burn a hole in the pocket of Baker University student Ashley McEachern, but the same can’t be said for her with a winning lottery ticket worth $10,000.

The McPherson junior purchased a $2 scratch ticket in September at Santa Fe Market in Baldwin City, only to find out she had won $10,000. But it wasn’t until Monday that she cashed in the ticket at the Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka.

She told lottery officials she waited to claim the prize until the new year for tax purposes. Now, though, she’s going to use the money to help buy a car to replace one she wrecked a week before purchasing the winning ticket.

McEachern told lottery officials she bought the $2 scratch ticket, one called “The Saturday Evening Post,” because it was a veterans ticket and the proceeds from the game are directed to programs that benefit Kansas military veterans.

“My dad is a veteran. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War,” the 21-year-old explained. “He’s a wonderful guy and that’s why I bought the ticket.”

There was also another reason. After her car was wrecked, McEachern had borrowed her mom’s car and was filling it up to go home to McPherson for the weekend. As McEachern was walking into the store to pay for the gasoline, she found a penny in the parking lot, heads up, and took that to be a lucky sign. The sign, she said, led her to buy a ticket.

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