Jackpot climbs to $321 million

Candidates in the midterm elections are hoping for a win this week, and so are Kansas Lottery players. More than half a billion dollars in jackpots are up for grabs this week.

The Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday night is $321 million, with a cash option of $194.1 million. That’s the largest Mega Millions jackpot since March 2014, and the 8th largest Mega Millions jackpot in history.

The largest lottery jackpot ever won was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot on March 30, 2012, which was split by winners in three states, including a winner from Franklin County in Kansas.

In addition to the Mega Millions rolling jackpot, Powerball continues to roll. Any ticket that matches all numbers in Powerball Wednesday will win or share a jackpot estimated at $178 million, with a cash option of $111.1 million.

The Hot Lotto jackpot is estimated at $1.8 million for Wednesday.

Wyandotte County voter turnout still on low side

A man walked along North 79th Street, north of State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.,, on Election Day, where campaign signs lined the street leading to a polling place.
A man walked along North 79th Street, north of State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.,, on Election Day, where campaign signs lined the street leading to a polling place.

Voter turnout seemed good at some polling places in Wyandotte County, but there was still a long way to go to catch up to predictions.

Wyandotte County Election Commissioner Bruce Newby said that as of about 1:30 p.m. today, Wyandotte County voter turnout is about 18 percent, with about 14,000 votes cast.

Average turnout for the fall general election in a midterm year has been about 40 percent, so there is still a way to go, Newby said.

“At this rate, it may be in the low 30s by the time we’re done today,” Newby said. “It’s disappointing because I thought we’d actually get a 40 percent turnout. Voters are welcome to prove me wrong. But I’m not as positive we’ll make it to the 40 percent as I thought it would be.”

There were about 3,734 advance ballots cast so far, and voters who already received an advance ballot in the mail can still bring them in before 7 p.m. tonight to the Election Office at 850 State Ave. so they can be counted.

Newby said there is still hope that the turnout will pick up later today. Polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight.

“Sometimes afternoons wind up being heavier, because that is when people get off work,” he said. “I hope they make it a point to vote before they get home.”

A good voter turnout was reported about mid-morning in Wyandotte County by election workers at two polling places.

One polling place near downtown Kansas City, Kan., reported a good turnout.

In the Argentine area, turnout also was considered good.

“It’s very steady,” said Jesse Rocha, election judge at the Argentine Community Center.

Some of the polling places in Wyandotte County had lines this morning, according to workers at the polls.

Turnout was considered good about 1 p.m. at a polling place on North 79th Street, north of State Avenue, where more than 200 votes had already been cast.

To find your polling place, call the Election Office at 913-573-8500 or visit http://wycokck.org/election/ or https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/.

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Overland Park man pleads guilty to using credit card skimmer

An Overland Park, Kan., man pleaded guilty Monday to using a device called a credit card skimmer to steal credit card numbers, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Yao Vignon Kpade, 32, Overland Park, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of electronic access device fraud. In his plea, he admitted he was working at a Taco Bell in Belton, Mo., when he used the skimmer to obtain information from customers’ credit cards. He encoded the stolen information onto bank cards issued in his name and used those credit cards to purchase items such as iPads.

He used stolen information to make purchases at the Walmart in Overland Park, Kan.; Ranchmart Wine and Spirits in Leawood, Kan.; Walgreens in Prairie Village, Kan.; Walgreens in Overland Park, Kan.; Hy-Vee in Shawnee, Kan.; and Walmart in Shawnee, Kan. In his plea, he agreed to pay a total of more than $2,465 in restitution to two banks and to forfeit seized property including computers, electronic tablets and cell phones.

Sentencing is set for March 2. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. Grissom commended the U.S. Secret Service, the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, the Cass County (Mo.) District Attorney’s Office, the Shawnee Police Department, the Overland Park Police Department, the Leawood Police Department, DHS, Homeland Security Investigations and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway for their work on the case.