18-Year-Old Denverite Wins Cash 5 Jackpot

DENVER – Beginner’s luck – plain and simple. Britany Griego of Denver has a lot of it. She won the Colorado Lottery’s Cash 5 jackpot exactly one week after her 18th birthday.

Griego bought five tickets at Diamond Shamrock, 3790 Chambers Rd., and two of them were winners. One ticket gave her $1, and the other earned her the $20,000 jackpot from the drawing on August 29.

A May graduate of Montbello High School, she wants to save the majority of her winnings but also help her dad and pay off her car. “I like to save money for my future,” said Griego, who plans to attend cosmetology school. “Someday if I get married and have kids, it’ll help to be more secure.”

In Colorado, players must be at least 18 years of age to purchase Lottery tickets.

In Denver County, more than $100 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the South Platte River Corridor, Denver Botanic Gardens and Teaching Barn at the Urban Farm in Stapleton.

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 2006, more than $125.5 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.7 billion has been returned to the state.

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August 31, 2006
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