TOPEKA, KAN. – According to Melody Pfaff, she enjoys playing Bonus Crossword instant scratch tickets and scratch tickets that have a second-chance drawing. Last month, when she saw the $5 Truck & Bucks game, she decided to purchase four tickets. On the very last ticket she scratched, the Randolph resident revealed a $5,000 cash prize.
“I took my tickets home and scratched them,” explained Pfaff. “When I scratched the last ticket, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I handed the ticket to my husband Tim and said, ‘I think I won $5,000! Did I?’”
After close inspection, Tim agreed the ticket appeared to be a $5,000 winner. Taking no chances, he had the ticket checked at a convenience store the next day.
“It’s been in our safe until today,” said Pfaff. “Tim has a brother who has been ill and another brother passed away shortly after I won, so we didn’t get a chance to come to Topeka to claim my prize until now.”
Despite the unfortunate circumstances of the past month, Pfaff was still excited to have won a cash prize.
“I won $500 about a year ago and now this,” said Pfaff. “I feel pretty lucky. Maybe I’ll win the truck?”
The $5 Truck & Bucks game offers players a chance to win a 2011 GMC Canywon ZQ8 Crew Cab truck in a second-chance drawing to be held at the 3i Show in Garden City on May 6. Players who enter non-winning Truck & Bucks tickets will become eligible for the drawing.
Pfaff and her husband, who have been married 13 years, plan to pay off a couple bills and save the rest for “something fun.”
The winning ticket was purchased at Dara’s Fast Lane 2, located at 3270 Kimball Ave. in Manhattan.
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