Garfield County Resident Wins Top Prize in Lottery Scratch Game

DENVER - Robert C. Gifford Jr. of Rifle won $27,777 in the Colorado Lottery’s Scratch game $2 Significant 7s. A loyal Lottery player for about 20 years, he plans to donate a portion of his winnings to charity. The Kum & Go, located at 1248 Railroad Ave. in Rifle, sold the winning ticket.

In Garfield County, more than $14 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the Rifle Falls State Park, Rifle Metropolitan Pool and the Colorado River Trail, South Canyon and Rifle segments.

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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May 15, 2006
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