Lottery winner to auction off prize to help cancer survivors

Peggy and Bob Miller will auction off a lottery prize to raise money for cancer survivors. (Kansas Lottery photo)
Peggy and Bob Miller will auction off a lottery prize to raise money for cancer survivors. (Kansas Lottery photo)

Prairie Village resident Bob Miller instantly won a Motoped Survival Bike Oct. 18 after playing the Kansas Lottery’s $2 Zombie Adventure instant scratch game.

Now that he’s able to survive a Zombie Apocalypse with his Motoped, he’s hoping to put the military-inspired bike up for auction to help survivors of another kind – male breast cancer survivors.

“I play lottery games every day,” Miller said. “Last Sunday, I purchased three of the Zombie Adventure tickets and was surprised when I uncovered a bike symbol on the first ticket I scratched. I wasn’t sure what that meant, so I looked up the game on the Lottery’s website and discovered I had won a Motoped. I wasn’t sure what we would do with the bike until I told my wife Peggy what I had won. She immediately suggested we auction it off to benefit the foundation we started in honor of our son Bret. It’s called the Bret Miller 1T Foundation.”

Miller explained when Bret was just 17 years old, he found a lump on his breast. Going undiagnosed for several years, Bret was finally diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24. At the time, Bret was the youngest male on record ever to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, Bret made a full recovery.

After Bret’s diagnosis, his parents vowed to inform as many people as possible about male breast cancer. In fact, they lobbied 44 governors to make one week of October Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week, which is Oct. 18-24.

In order to help men diagnosed with breast cancer, the Millers have decided to auction off their Motoped, which they hope will help a breast cancer survivor have an adventure of a lifetime. For more information about male breast cancer visit the Miller’s foundation website, malebreastcancercoalition.org.

The winning ticket was purchased at Hy-Vee Gas in Prairie Village. Of the 200 Zombie Bikes available, 14 bikes have been claimed at Lottery headquarters in Topeka (www.kslottery.com) as of 8 a.m. this morning. In addition to the bikes, players can also win up to $200 instantly playing the game.
– Information and photo from Kansas Lottery

Changes proposed to bus routes

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority will hold public meetings beginning today to discuss proposed service changes to take effect in 2016.

Among the routes that will be affected are 101 – State Avenue Connex and 107-7th Street, as well as several other of the ATA routes.

The 101-State Avenue Connex will change to use the current reroute on Wyandotte.

The 107-7th Street will add service to Mission Transit Center in Johnson County, Kan. These extended trips will operate every 60 minutes during rush hours, providing connections between Johnson County Transit service, KU Medical Center, and downtown Kansas City, Kan.

At the public meetings, KCATA will offer details of the proposed changes, and provide an opportunity for customers to ask questions and comment on the changes.

Draft schedules will be available for review and comment at the meetings, and at www.ridekc.org beginning Oct. 26.

The following meeting times are intended to allow customers to review and comment on changes that affect them. It is not necessary to attend the entire meeting or to be at the short presentation in order to discuss the changes. Each meeting will focus on the changes occurring near the location of the meeting. However, KCATA staff will be available to answer questions on any of the other items.

• Monday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., MainCor, 3215 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. (Short presentation at 11:30 a.m.) Focus: 35, 40, 51, and Stop Optimization.
• Monday, Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m., Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kan. Focus: Johnson County routes.
• Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., University of Kansas Medical Center, Orr-Major Building, Room G004, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. (Short presentation at 11:30 a.m.) Focus: 107 extension.
• Monday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., Kansas City Design Center, 1018 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Mo. (Short presentations at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) Focus: All proposed changes.

Customers may also submit comments by phone at 816-346-0300, by email at metro@kcata.org, or in writing to the Planning Department, KCATA, 1200 East 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108.

Police investigate shooting death in 1300 block of North 18th

Kansas City, Kan., police are investigating a shooting death at 1:27 a.m. Oct. 27 in the 1300 block of North 18th.

A police spokesman said when they arrived at the location, they found a man in his late 30s suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, and later died as a result of his injuries, the police spokesman said.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.