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Phone call from friend leads to $10,000 lottery prize

By Ben Hooper
Phone call from friend leads to $10,000 lottery prize
A Kansas man said he wouldn't have bought the Mega Millions ticket that won him $10,000 if a friend hadn't called to remind him. Photo courtesy of the Kansas Lottery

Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Kansas man said he owes his $10,000 lottery jackpot to a phone call from a friend encouraging him to buy a last-minute ticket.

Joseph Ruiz told Kansas Lottery officials he almost missed out on playing the Mega Millions Aug. 28 drawing.

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"I had already gotten home for the night, and my friend called me and he asked me if I had gotten my lottery tickets for that night's drawing," Ruiz said. "I had forgotten, and I wasn't planning on going back to the store. But once he put it in my mind, I decided last minute to run to the store and get a ticket."

"Everything about how I got the winning ticket was different from my usual routine. I usually buy them in the morning, not the evening. And I typically stop at a QT near my house, but instead I ended up going to a Casey's that was closer," Ruiz said. "I guess I should change my routine more often!"

The numbers drawn were 3-20-33-34-41 and Megaball 20. Ruiz's ticket matched four numbers and the Megaball.

"This will go a long way towards my bills and debt. It really couldn't have come at a better time for me, personally. It's going to provide some nice relief for me financially," Ruiz said.

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