Englewood Couple Claims $500,000 Top Scratch Prize

DENVER - Roberta and Jack Derrick from Englewood are the latest winners of the Colorado Lottery’s $35 Million Cash Spectacular scratch game, claiming one of the eight instant top prizes of $500,000.

Since he is retiring soon from a 38-year career with Dillard’s, Jack Derrick has been calculating the couple’s resources. With the $355,000 check - the prize after tax withholding - he is refiguring those resources.

The couple said most of the winnings will go into the bank; however, some will be tapped to help with an already-planned home remodeling and some will be spent to visit family.

Roberta initially bought three of the $10 Cash Spectacular tickets and "recycled" her winnings into more tickets until she bought the big winner at the 7-Eleven at 4601 S. Broadway in Englewood. She plans to keep playing the game, and has entered her non-winning tickets into the final prize drawing, hoping to win another $500,000 prize.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games - Scratch, Lotto, Powerball and Cash 5 - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. In fiscal year 2005, more than $103.7 million was returned to Colorado. Since the Lottery started in 1983, more than $1.6 billion has been returned to the state.

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June 5, 2006
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