Fort Scottian nets lottery win

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Fort Scottian Melissa Arne poses for a photograph after claiming a $10,000 cash prize from the Nov. 24 Powerball drawing. Arne, the mother of two and a Fort Scott Community College student, lost her house to a fire about two months ago.(Photo courtesy of Kansas Lottery)

FORT SCOTT, Kan. -- A Fort Scott woman is $10,000 richer after claiming a winning Powerball ticket from the Saturday, Nov. 24, drawing, a news release aid.

After watching a friend purchase a Powerball ticket last Saturday, Melissa Arne decided she may as well buy herself a ticket, too, the release said.

On Monday, when she checked her Powerball ticket, she couldn't believe what she was seeing. The Fort Scott resident matched four numbers, plus the Powerball winning a $10,000 cash prize in the drawing.

"I very seldom play Powerball, so I had to look up what I had won in one of the Lottery's How to Play brochures," Arne told Lottery officials in the release. "When it showed $10,000, I started shaking really bad."

Before making the trip to Lottery headquarters in Topeka, Arne and a friend stopped at a convenience store to verify her winning ticket.

"When the store told me I had to bring my ticket to Topeka, I knew there was no doubt how much I had won," said Arne. "I've been kicking myself for not playing the Power Play option, but I'm still very happy to have won $10,000."

According to Arne, winning a large cash prize came at a great time.

"My house burned down two months ago, so this money will help us rebuild," said Arne. "I'm buying Powerball tickets with the Power Play option for Wednesday's drawing, so maybe I'll win again."

Arne, who attends school at Fort Scott Community College, has two children.

The winning ticket was purchased at 5 Corners Mini Mart located at 1124 S. Clark in Fort Scott.

For more information about the Kansas Lottery, visit www.kslottery.com/ .

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