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Hot Lotto: Tips on how to win at scratch-off games

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For a dollar or two, the dreams of big money are within a fingertip reach for those who play the lottery.

The Kansas Lottery sold more than $134 million in the last fiscal year alone with instant scratcher tickets.

"It's our biggest selling category of lottery products," said Sally Lunsford, director of public affairs for the Kansas Lottery. "We sell more scratchers than anything."

KCTV5 News obtained through a Kansas Open Records Request a list of stores that have sold tickets valued at more than $599. Click here to see that list.

If a player wins $600 or more, then they have to cash in the winning ticket at a state lottery office.

Based on the records turned over by the state in August, the three Kansas stores that had the most winning scratcher tickets were the Jiffy Mart in Independence, Kwik Shop on Southwest 21st Street in Topeka and the Main Street Express 2 on Main Street in Hoisington.

"I went out and scratched the first box, it was a $100, scratched the next one it was $1000, I locked the truck and signed the ticket, it ended up being $10,000," lottery winner Terry Busing said.

The lottery office sees Busing quite a bit holding winning scratch tickets for trips and cash. One might say he is quite lucky.

"I bought a $10 ticket in Missouri one day, I won $4000," Busing said. "On the way to Independence, to cash it, I stopped to get gas. I bought a $20 one and won $1,000."

His advice for winning big is to purchase scratcher tickets that cost more than a dollar.

"The higher dollar ones pay better than the $10s and $20s," he said.

The Kansas Lottery says the biggest payout on a scratcher ticket is at 71 percent off a $20 ticket. The $1 tickets have about a 62 percent payout, according to the lottery.

Examining at all types of winning lottery tickets in eastern Kansas from March 1 through May 31, the largest amount of winning tickets were sold in Shawnee County at $3,640,261.

Johnson County came in second at $2,819,196, followed by Wyandotte County with  $1,310,098.

Lunsford said the best piece of advice is to always sign the back of a lottery ticket so no one else can cash in a ticket.

KCTV5 submitted a Sunshine Request to the state of Missouri for their scratcher games records.

An official said they did not have the information about the winning stores in an easily accessible format to provide to KCTV5.

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