Aurora Winner Gets Post-Holiday Windfall
DENVER – The new year started off with a bang for one lucky Colorado Lottery winner. Sharon Yarbrough of Aurora won the top prize of $250,000 in the $10 $250,000 Cash Claus Scratch game.
“With the holiday weekend, I had to wait an extra day to come in (and claim), but it was worth it,” said the Colorado native and long-time Lottery player.
On Saturday, Yarbrough decided to buy the Scratch ticket because the Christmas design appealed to her. After the initial shock of winning wore off, the 64-year-old retiree calmly drove home and shared the news with her husband, who was speechless as well. The couple plans to use their winnings to help their family, which includes six children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grand children.
Diamond Shamrock, 3790 Chambers Rd., in Aurora, sold the winning ticket.
In Arapahoe County, more than $88 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Big Dry Creek Trail and Hoops Park in Aurora.
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.