Delta County Player Returns From Trip to Find Lottery Surprise

DENVER – Ron Autry capped off an extended trip overseas with an even better surprise. When he returned from Southeast Asia, the Cedaredge resident found out that he was the jackpot winner from the Colorado Lottery’s Cash 5 drawing on September 6.

 

Autry purchased an advance play ticket for 78 consecutive drawings of Cash 5 on the day he was flying out of Denver International Airport (DIA). When he returned and checked his ticket at a local Lottery retailer, the clerk told him that he had to claim his winnings at a Lottery office. Even then, he still didn’t realize his good fortune.

 

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I thought I would be lucky if it was a $1,000 winner, so it didn’t cross my mind that I would win the jackpot.”

 

Autry won $20,000 and plans to save a portion of his winnings and to share the rest with his family. Autry, who usually picks his own numbers, alternates the numbers between special birthdays and ages.

 

World-Wide Money Exchange at DIA sold the winning ticket.

 

In Delta County, more than $10 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community areas, riparian parks and recreation facilities such as the Cedaredge Track and Sports Field Complex and the Delta County Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Recreational Facility.

 

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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November 1, 2006
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