Wichita man wins nearly $1 million in lottery

Edward Williams could well become the most popular man in Wichita.

For the second time in less than a year, Williams hit a Kansas Lottery jackpot — this one for nearly $900,000.

Williams, 47, won $75,000 last September on a $10 scratch ticket. He then matched all of the numbers in Wednesday's Super Kansas Cash drawing and won $896,487.

"When I hit $75,000, I figured lightning struck once, it won't ever hit again," Williams said in a prepared statement released by lottery officials. "This one knocked me flat!"

Super Kansas Cash jackpots are paid in a single cash lump sum. After income taxes of $268,946.10 are withheld from his prize, Williams will take home a check for $627,540.90.

Williams said he bought a car with part of September's winnings, then put the rest in a CD. He plans to set this latest windfall aside for retirement.

A former Marine, Williams has worked for Johnson Controls for the past 17 years. He plans to continue working — though he now wants to retire at 55.

And, yes, ladies, he's single.