Jan 14, 2020 5:13 PM

Wilson resident wins $77,777 from Kansas Lottery

Posted Jan 14, 2020 5:13 PM
<b>Kathleen Zalenka. </b>Photo courtesy Kansas Lottery
Kathleen Zalenka. Photo courtesy Kansas Lottery

TOPEKA – Kathleen Zelenka of Wilson enjoys playing the Kansas Lottery and has been chasing a big prize. Her determination paid off recently with a $77,777 win on the Emerald 7’s instant scratch game!

“I like to play scratch tickets, and I especially liked the Emerald 7’s game,” said Zelenka. “The bonus spots on top of the ticket gave you extra chances to win. I like those kinds of games!”

Zelenka was waiting on a lunch order, so she decided to play some lottery to pass the time.

“I bought a $20 ticket and two $10 tickets, and took them back to my car. I only played the $20 game, though, and then my lunch order was ready. So I grabbed my lunch and took everything home,” she said. “When I finally scratched off the winning ticket, I just kind of stared at it for a moment. Finally, I called my husband and told him to hurry up and get home!”

“We took the ticket back to a store to check it to make sure we weren’t crazy,” Zelenka said with a laugh. “When the machine said we had to take the ticket to Topeka to claim it, that’s when we definitely knew.”

Zelenka says she already has plans for her winnings. “We’re going to pay off some credit cards, pay off a vehicle, and we’ll put some away for our grandchildren,” she said. “The rest will go into savings for us. It’s going to help us out in a big way!”

The winning ticket was sold at Casey’s General Store 1905 on 1315 10th Street in Great Bend. There are no top prizes left in the $10 Emerald 7’s instant scratch game. That game will be ended, and players will have six months to claim any remaining prizes within the game.

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Librarian to speak about Fold3 Genealogy Database

The first meeting of the year for Salina Public Library’s Family History Detectives will focus on a new research resource provided by the Kansas State Library.

Librarian Barbara Mulvihill present on Fold3 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Prescott Room.

Fold3 is a resource for genealogists, historians, veterans and their families. It provides access to U.S. military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents of those who served. Content begins with the Revolutionary War and continues to the present. Mulvihill will provide instructions on how to access and navigate the online resource.

Mulvihill has more than 30 years of experience with genealogy research and has lead personal history recording efforts at the library, including StoryCatchers and an oral history recording project for Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War. She is the recipient of a 2018 Lana Jordan Developing Artist Grant from Salina Arts and Humanities and has published genealogy research in the Heritage Journal of the Texas United Methodist Historical Society and in the Handbook of Texas Women Online of the Texas State Historical Association.

Family History Detectives, formerly known as the Genealogy Club, meets August through November and January through May. Upcoming meetings will feature a class on formatting family history books on Feb. 20, a genealogy case study on March 19, and the annual lock-in on April 18. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Librarian Barbara Mulvihill at [email protected] or (785) 825-4624, ext. 234.