Sheriff’s officer hits lotto jackpot
A Shawnee man won a $500,000 cash prize Friday in an instant scratch game offered jointly by the Kansas and Iowa lotteries.
Adam Sorell, 27, was the Midwest Millions $500,000 winner, the largest prize in a second-chance drawing for non-winning $10 tickets.
There were more than 88,000 combined entries from both states, which were pared down to 200 for Friday’s drawing in Iowa.
When contacted by Kansas Lottery officials immediately after the drawing, Sorell said, “I feel like I’m going to pass out.”
Sorell has been an officer with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office in Ottawa for five years. He and his wife, Samera, have two sons.
Sorell said Monday that he purchases $20 to $30 of lottery tickets every week, and he was eager to take advantage of the second-chance drawings offered in the Midwest Millions game.
“I tell people if you don’t play, you don’t know,” he said. “Now, would I have thought that they would draw my ticket? No, but if you don’t play, you never know.”
Sorell said he and his wife would pay off their house with their winnings and save the rest for retirement.
But, Sorell said, not all the money would go toward the house and retirement. There will be one splurge for the family.
“Next year, we’re going to take a cruise or go somewhere in the Bahamas, because we could never afford that if we wanted to,” he said.