After playing the Kansas Lottery’s $2 Bonus Crossword instant scratch game, Thomas Holland stopped at a convenience store to cash in what he thought was a $100 winning ticket.
While standing in line at the store, Holland realized he had miscounted his words and had won $2,000. After further inspection of the ticket, the Ottawa, Kansas, resident discovered he had missed the letter D, which caused him to reveal all 10 words on his ticket, winning a $20,000 top prize!
I was in shock, said Holland. I went to the store thinking I had won $100. I never expected to actually have a $20,000 winning ticket.
Holland’s wife Pamela was in shock, too, when her husband came home with the good news.
When he told me he had won $20,000, all I could say was, “You’re kidding me,’ said Pamela. It was shocking news.
After signing the back of the winning ticket, Holland put his ticket in a drawer for safekeeping. Although he knew the ticket was safe, he couldn’t help but worry and dream something had happened to it.
I kept dreaming a mouse had eaten my ticket and I couldn’t claim it, said Holland. We don’t even have mice!
Holland and Pamela, who have been married 43 years, have two grown children and five grandchildren with another one on the way. They plan to purchase a newer vehicle with his winnings as well as complete some home remodeling projects.