All it takes is one” is the motto Stanley Johnson lives by when purchasing Kansas Lottery instant scratch tickets. The 64-year-old Topeka resident recently purchased an instant ticket and won a $100,000 top prize playing the game!
“All it takes is one ticket to win and if you don’t play, you won’t win,” said Johnson. “That’s why I buy a ticket each day. When I bought the $10 Crossword ticket, I wasn’t able to scratch it right away because I was running errands. I scratched it a little at a time throughout the day. That’s why I like Crossword tickets. It takes a while to scratch them.”
After returning home from his errands, Johnson was finally able to finish scratching his Crossword ticket. When he discovered he had revealed 14 words to win a $100,000 top prize, he was taken by surprise and felt a little doubtful.
“At first I didn’t think I had won much,” said Johnson. “As I was going over the ticket, I realized I had missed a couple of letters that caused me to complete more words. I recounted all the words several times before saying to my wife, ‘Wow! I think I just won $100,000! We were both very excited, but I truly didn’t believe it was real until it was verified by Lottery officials.”
Johnson and his wife Alvina, who have been married 30 years, together have four children and 10 grandchildren. He plans to put his winnings to good use by paying off bills, buying a newer car and the rest will go towards a down payment on a house.