September 9, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE – Drum roll, please.
William Wilkinson and Shanon Alexander are bound for Phoenix to meet KISS and attend the band’s Sept. 24 performance, thanks to a New Mexico Lottery second-chance drawing for players holding non-winning “KISS®" Scratchers™.
The two lottery players were drawn from 10,300 entries and they both won KISS concert packages valued at approximately $5,000 each.
Wilkinson, a 23-year-old student from Albuquerque, said he “flipped out” when his parents called to tell him the lottery had a prize waiting for him.
“My parents were yelling in my ear, ‘You won. You won,’” he recalled for lottery officials.
Wilkinson said his mother bought the “KISS” Scratcher for him as a gift and when it wasn’t an instant cash winner, she insisted that he enter it into the special second-chance drawing.
“She’s a good mom,” he said.
Wilkinson, who counts “Psycho Circus” and “Love Gun” as his KISS favorites, is taking his best friend and serious KISS fan Jeremy Martinez with him to Phoenix.
“We’re gonna kick it with KISS,” he said.
Rio Rancho resident Shanon Alexander is taking Al Bouchard – her boyfriend and owner of all 37 KISS albums. And because Alexander won a $100,000 Scratcher prize in January, she’s springing for a concert ticket for her teenage daughter.
Alexander’s concert experience also requires a new wardrobe.
“Ripped jeans, leather, puffy hair and lots of make-up,” she said.
Until the concert, Alexander, 40, will be busy raising money for Rio Rancho High School’s band – and indulging in a little good-natured bragging with her fellow music lovers.
“I can’t wait to tell the kids about going to see KISS,” she said. “They’re going to be so envious.”
The New Mexico Lottery launched the world’s first “KISS” Scratcher on June 22. The lottery game, which has been among the summer’s best-sellers, features a top cash prize of $50,000.
In New Mexico, the sale of lottery games benefits a college tuition-assistance program. Since its inception in 1996, the lottery has raised $449.6 million for education and more than 61,000 students have received Legislative Lottery Scholarships to attend New Mexico public colleges and universities.