Fort Collins Player Tops Lucky Streak With Cash 5 Win
DENVER – Betty Garris’ lucky streak continues. After winning more than $600 in three weeks on Colorado Lottery Scratch games, she won the $20,000 jackpot in the Cash 5 drawing on February 3.
Garris, who usually picks her own numbers, won on her children’s birth months and her birthday. This weekend when she checked her numbers, she couldn’t believe her eyes. She sat in the parking lot of a local retailer for more than 20 minutes, just double checking the numbers.
“I just thought, ‘Yeah, right!,’” said the stay-at-home mom. “This is a real blessing.”
She plans to spend her winnings paying bills and maybe a Harley motorcycle for her husband.
King Soopers, 2325 S. College, in Fort Collins, sold the winning ticket.
In Larimer County, more than $75 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the Blue Mountain Conservation Area, Boyd Lake State Park and Horsetooth District Trails.
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 2006, more than $120 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.7 billion has been returned to the state.