KCK resident loses voice, gains $25,000 winning ticket

Susan Morgan, 58, of Kansas City, Kan., recently won $25,000 in a Kansas Lottery game. (Lottery photo)

Susan Morgan, 58, of Kansas City, Kan., came to Kansas Lottery headquarters missing something.

Morgan lost her voice last Thursday from laryngitis, but that didn’t keep her from telling about her $25,000 win on a $5 Extreme Cash Blast scratch ticket.

Morgan never thought she would win a top prize, even though she plays a $5 scratch ticket every time she gets a cup of coffee from QuikTrip.

“I’ve won $100 about ten times, and smaller prizes here and there, enough to keep me playing,” Morgan said. “But now I really believe, real people really do win.”

Morgan’s son was the one who picked up her coffee and the winning ticket for her when he came over to shovel her driveway. He went outside to get started and Morgan immediately called him back inside when she saw she had won $25,000.

“All he said was, ‘Mom, I think you finally won,’” Morgan remembered.

Morgan held on to the ticket for a few weeks before coming into the Topeka office to claim it. She is a full-time waitress and knows exactly what she’s going to do with the money.

“I’ve needed foot surgery for a long time, but I can’t afford to be off my feet that long since I’m a waitress. Now I have enough to get my foot fixed. It’s like my prayers have been answered.”

Morgan has two sons, both of whom will be sharing some of the prize money. Morgan said everyone around her has been so happy for her.

“They are just thrilled for me, that someone who works hard all the time won. They are believers now, too, that real people really do win.”

The ticket was purchased at QuikTrip 199, at 389 N. 130th St. in Bonner Springs. There are two $25,000 top prizes remaining in the game.

Information from Kansas Lottery

Burglary suspect sought

Bonner Springs authorities are seeking a suspect in a burglary on March 15 at Advance America, 608 Tulip.

More than $1,300 was taken.

According to authorities: A clerk was on duty when the suspect entered the business and inquired about a title loan.

The clerk was assisting another customer and was told the business does not do title loans, and the suspect left.

The suspect returned around 2:50 p.m. and inquired about a payday loan.

No one else was in the business except the clerk. The clerk told him due to verification requirements the loan would not be available until Monday.

The suspect then pulled out a long barrel and told her he was sorry.

The suspect told her to lock the front door, which she did. He told her to take him to the safe, which she did.

The suspect told her to open the safe, which she did. He removed the money. The suspect told her to go the bathroom and count to 60.

If she left the bathroom before counting to 60 she would be shot. Throughout this ordeal the victim was in fear of her life and thought she was going to be killed. The victim was not harmed.

Anyone with information should call  the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.