Baileyville Resident Wins $22,000 From Kansas Lottery

TOPEKA, KAN. – Martha Dalinghaus, 52, has never been so happy about winning a free ticket. It was a free 2by2 ticket that won her $22,000 in the August 3 drawing!

“I play all the lottery games and have been since the beginning of the Lottery,” said the Baileyville winner.  “When I went to the store Monday, I had matched one number in a previous 2by2 drawing, and the prize for that was a free 2by2 ticket.”

Martha Dalinghaus
Martha Dalinghaus

That free ticket turned out to be very timely for Dalinghaus when she matched both Red numbers 14 and 17 and both White numbers 4 and 19 in that night’s 2by2 drawing.

“I’m pretty low key,” she said. “So when I checked the ticket myself and realized I must have won $22,000 because the machine said the prize had to be claimed at the Lottery, I didn’t say anything to anyone in the store. I thought I’d better tell my husband first.”

Dalinghaus and her husband Joe are lifelong Kansans who farm near Baileyville. Martha is also the owner of CMT Designs in Seneca, a small t-shirt screen printing business. The Dalinghauses were high school sweethearts and just celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. They have three grown sons and eight grandchildren.

The big winner says she and her husband will use the prize money to pay bills and also to help out a very close friend who was just diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. “We’re organizing a fundraiser for her, and this will really help,” said Dalinghaus.

The Dalinghaus Family has seen some challenges of their own. Joe was very badly hurt in an industrial accident several years ago and suffered nearly fatal encephalitis in 2012.

“We’re very thankful for everything we have,” said Dalinghaus.  “It’s an awesome feeling to win this kind of money and it will really come in handy.”

Dalinghaus got her lucky 2by2 ticket at Seneca Travel Shop, located at 503 North Street in Seneca.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.