Hayden Woman Wins $500,000

DENVER – Susan Bunn was shaking so hard after she realized she’d won the top prize of $500,000 in the Colorado Lottery’s $35 Million Cash Spectacular Scratch game, that she couldn’t finish scratching. She had to get her boss at the Bear River Valley Co-Op to finish scratching the ticket.

“It’s overwhelming!” Bunn, a mother of three, said. She said she was in such shock that she even had her boss’ husband double check that it was a winner. “I couldn’t believe it. I just looked at it and started shaking.”

Bunn and her husband Mike, both long-time residents of Hayden, said they plan to pay off their truck, and then use the rest of the money to help pay for college for their children and work on their home.

The Bunns said they play Lottery games two to three times a month, and especially like Cash 5. This is the largest prize the couple has ever won.

The Hayden Kum N Go sold the winning ticket and received a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

In Routt County, more than $27 million has been returned to residents for projects like the Oak Creek Ice Rink, the Hayden Skateboard Park, the Dry Creek Ballfields in Hayden, Steamboat Lake State Park and Pearl Lake State Park.

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 $125.6 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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January 25, 2007
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