Trail of Events Led to Thornton Resident’s Lottery Win

DENVER – Fate worked to Nataline Reynolds’ fortune. In her quest to get a French vanilla cappuccino and buy Colorado Lottery tickets, Reynolds stopped at one convenience store only to find the cappuccino machine broken. Instead of going to a nearby store, she insisted on going to another 7-Eleven farther down the road.

After purchasing the final $3 Scratch tickets in the dispenser, Reynolds of Thornton won $40,000, the top prize in the Colorado Lottery’s Scratch game Sudoku. The 7-Eleven, located at 980 E. 88th Ave., sold the winning ticket.

“I just followed this trail to my ticket,” said Reynolds, who owns Naddies Neat Stuff Antique and Collectibles on Washington Street. “It was like I was meant to have that ticket.”

Reynolds, who opened her store in September of last year, plans to use her winnings to promote her business with signage and advertising.

In Adams County, more than $65 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community parks, wildlife areas and nature trails such as the South Platte River Heritage Corridor Legacy, the Skyline Vista Neighborhood Park in Westminster and the Ruston Park Renovation in Federal Heights.

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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October 23, 2006
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