Beloit Man Joins Baseball ‘Big Leagues’ for a Day!

TOPEKA, KAN. – Eric Widrig of Beloit will temporarily trade in small-town living to fulfill many baseball fans’ big league dreams, as he just won the Kansas Lottery’s “Big Leaguer for a Day” second-chance promotion!

The prize package, valued at $5,854, includes:

  • The league salary minimum contract for one day of $3,166;
  • A customized jersey from the Kansas City Royals ($150 value);
  • Press conference and autograph signing event at Kauffman Stadium;
  • Dugout Box Tickets for four and a parking pass to the Fan Appreciation Day on October 2, 2021;
  • $500 cash; and
  • Mandatory state and federal income withholding taxes.

Kansas Lottery players entered the promotion by redeeming 685 PlayOn points, which are earned by submitting winning and non-winning tickets into the program, from August 16 to August 29, 2021. There were 12,774 entries in the Big Leaguer for a Day promotion.

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To see details on other second-chance drawings, including the Chiefs Suite Experience, Powerball First Millionaire of the Year, cash, coupons, and more, visit the Promotions webpage.

Players are invited to submit all their winning and non-winning tickets in the Kansas Lottery PlayOn® Players Loyalty program to earn points for drawing entries and a chance to win cash and other prizes! PlayOn® is a registered trademark of Pollard Banknote Limited used under license.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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