Dec 31, 2019 2:28 PM

Manhattan woman wins $10,000 in Kansas Lottery

Posted Dec 31, 2019 2:28 PM

Kansas Lottery

Maria Sweet of Manhattan used a personal strategy to find her $10,000 winning $20 Diamond 7’s ticket. The first step in the strategy, of course, was to go buy a Kansas Lottery ticket.

“I bought a $30 ticket and won $40, and I decided to keep half and use the other half on a $20 ticket,” said Sweet. “I won $50 on that next ticket, so I kept $30 and used the remaining winnings to buy one $20 Diamond 7’s ticket, and that was the big winner!” 

Sweet says she plays all the time, but she wasn’t prepared for how many winning symbols there were on the ticket. 

“I just kept scratching and matching, one after another,” said Sweet with a laugh. “They just kept coming! After I played the game, then I went and scratched the prize amounts on the ticket to see what I had won. I was hoping for a couple thousand, but obviously it was way more than that!” 

Sweet said she took the ticket home, but didn’t immediately tell her husband, Bob. She instead decided to have a little fun with him. 

“I asked what he wanted to do that weekend, so we were making plans and all that. Then I said ‘Oh and we’re going to have to go to Topeka on Monday to claim this big prize I have’ and he just stared at me,” Sweet added.

 The couple said they plan to use their winnings to pay bills and add to their savings.

 The winning ticket was sold at Dara’s Fast Lane 8 at 8811 East Highway 24 in Manhattan. There are still two $177,777 top prizes and one $10,000 second top prize left in the $20 Diamond 7’s instant scratch game

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New crowdfunding platform to save for Kansas children's education

TOPEKA — Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner announced a new way Kansans can save for their children’s education. In partnership with global asset manager American Century Investments®, the Kansas State Treasurer’s office offers the ability to have friends and family contribute to their child’s Learning Quest® 529 Education Savings account using Ugift®. A new feature now available on Ugift is a crowdfunding platform that allows account owners to post on social media to ask family and friends for contributions toward their child’s education savings account.

Learning Quest account owners can easily set up a personalized gifting page, set a goal, add a photo and goal information, and then share the link with family and friends through Facebook, Twitter and email. Account owners can customize the post with their child’s picture and message before posting on social media platforms.

“The gift of a child’s future education is a lasting gift. A gifting campaign is a win-win for families building savings for their child and family members and friends looking for a convenient way to contribute,” said LaTurner. “We are thrilled to be offering this new, innovative way for people to come together to help Kansas kids achieve their dreams for the future.”

Funds that are donated through the crowdfunding platform go directly into the child’s Learning Quest account and may have tax advantages for those who donate. To utilize the new crowdfunding capability, users must have a Learning Quest 529 education savings account. For more information, visit our website at

Before investing, carefully consider the plan's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This information and more about the plan can be found in the Learning Quest Handbook, available by contacting your financial advisor or American Century Investment Services, Inc., Distributor, at 1-800-579-2203, and should be read carefully before investing. If you are not a Kansas taxpayer, consider before investing whether the beneficiary's or your home state offers a 529 Plan that provides its taxpayers with state tax and other benefits not available through this plan.