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Osage City couple wins $100,000 lottery

By The Herald Staff | 5/28/2014

OSAGE CITY — An Osage City couple started their Memorial Day weekend $100,000 richer.

Michelle and Mike Rooks purchased two Kansas Lottery $20 Pure Gold instant scratch tickets Friday and won on both tickets. One ticket was worth $20 and the other ticket won a top prize worth $100,000, according to a Kansas Lottery news release.

OSAGE CITY — An Osage City couple started their Memorial Day weekend $100,000 richer.

Michelle and Mike Rooks purchased two Kansas Lottery $20 Pure Gold instant scratch tickets Friday and won on both tickets. One ticket was worth $20 and the other ticket won a top prize worth $100,000, according to a Kansas Lottery news release.

“Friday morning, Mike stopped to visit me at work and I asked him to buy the last two Pure Gold tickets, so I could put a new game in our Lottery dispenser,” Michelle Rooks, who is a convenience store manager, said in the release. “He gave me one ticket to scratch and kept one for himself. He scratched the $20 winning ticket and I scratched the $100,000. We were so surprised and excited.”

Mike Rooks, a police officer, guarded the winning ticket.

“We about flipped our lids when we realized we had won $100,000,” Mike Rooks said. “Michelle signed the back of the ticket and I kept it with me. Since I’m a police officer for the Osage City Police Department, I figured it was best I keep the ticket instead of her. On Saturday, we bought a fireproof safe and I’d put the ticket in there at night.”

Winning such a large prize at the start of a long holiday weekend made the couple a little nervous, so they agreed not to tell any friends or family until the ticket was claimed, they said.

“We kept it quiet for a day before we had to tell our family and friends,” Michelle Rooks said, laughing. “We rarely buy lottery tickets and neither does our family, so no one believed us when we told them we’d won. Even after showing them the ticket some thought it was one of those fake tickets you see people getting pranked with.”

The Rooks, who have been married nearly a year, have five children between them. They plan to purchase a new vehicle and take a family vacation with a portion of their winnings, they said.

The winning ticket was purchased at Aunt Dee’s BP, 110 Market St., Osage City. The Rooks claimed the last $100,000 top prize in the Pure Gold instant scratch game, the release said.

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