Edward Williams is the definition of lucky after winning the lottery for a second time in a year. And he’s not a fanatical player either. He doesn’t play for more than he can afford.
Williams, 47, of Wichita won $75,000 in September, 2008 playing a $10 scratch ticket. Then this August, 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 lightning struck once, it won’t ever hit again,” Williams said in a prepared statement released by Kansas Lottery officials. “This one knocked me flat!”
Super Kansas Cash jackpots are paid in a single cash lump sum. After taxes are withheld, the jackpot is worth $627,541.
“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.”