Beginner’s Luck? Nah… Kansas Postal Worker Brings Home $50,000 Top Prize


For the last couple of years, Jacey Vidricksen of Goddard, Kansas, has been trying her luck playing the lottery.

Although she has dreamed of winning a large prize, she never thought it would actually come true.  Much to her surprise, her dream came true yesterday when she revealed six Red words on a $5 Super Red Hot Crossword instant scratch ticket, winning a $50,000 top prize!

“Last night I bought four of the $2 Lucky Lines tickets and two of the $5 Crossword tickets,” explained Vidricksen.  “This was my first time playing the $5 Crossword game, so when I found six Red words on one of my tickets I couldn’t believe it.  I handed my ticket to my roommate and was barely able to say, ‘Dude, I think I won $50,000!'”

After her roommate, Hali Fortner, looked over the winning ticket and confirmed it was worth $50,000, Vidricksen called her parents to share the good news.

“My dad told me to sign the back of the ticket and teased me about Hali trying to steal the ticket from me,” said Vidricksen.

“My mom told me to enjoy the moment because this is probably a once in a lifetime experience.  I just asked someone yesterday when good karma was going to come my way and I’m shocked it came so soon.”

Due to all the excitement of winning a $50,000 top prize, Vidricksen forgot to scratch the other tickets she purchased yesterday.  Maybe her good karma will continue with another big win.

Vidricksen, who works for the United States Postal Service, has a two-year-old daughter and plans to save her winnings.

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