TOPEKA — Long drives aren't anything new to trucker Charles "Chuck" Holt of Hugoton. Taking ones where you get to claim $100,000 at the end, however, is a different story.
That's what Holt got ot do this past week, when he drove to Topeka's Kansas Lottery office to claim the $100,000 prize he won on the 100X The Cash instant game.
“I scratched the ticket off on Dec. 31, so I was already nervous about waiting for the right time to come claim the prize,” Holt said in a press release from the Kansas Lottery. “The whole drive here, I had the ticket in my pocket and would keep checking to make sure it was still there. I’m definitely glad to have it turned in finally!”
He said he drove through Topeka on his way to a job in Minnesota.
Holt told Kansas Lottery officials that he thought he had been pranked when he first scratched off the winning ticket.
“When I got to the matching symbol and I uncovered the prize amount, it showed $100,000. I assumed somebody was messing with me," he said. "It wasn’t until I had the clerk check the ticket and it printed out a claim form that I knew it was real.”
Holt said he has plans for what to do with his winnings.
“I’m definitely putting some back for retirement, but we also have five kids, so there’s lots of expenses this could help with, as well. It’s a real blessing for the whole family!”
The winning ticket was sold at Toot N Totum 124 on 520 E. 11th St. in Hugoton.