Denver Construction Worker Wins $50,000 – And Marriage Proposal

DENVER – Woodrow DeBeaux of Denver considered himself lucky just to win $50,000 in the Colorado Lottery $37 Million Super Cash Spectacular Scratch game. What he didn’t expect was getting another offer when he came in to claim his winnings.

On Tuesday, DeBeaux stopped by the Lottery office in Denver with his winning ticket. Another player who was passing through quickly realized DeBeaux’s good fortune and asked him if he might need a wife too. With a bashful smile, the construction worker said he was already married to his cars.

DeBeaux plans to use his winnings to pay bills, help his family and convert his truck into a street rod. He has already spent more than 60 hours repairing his truck, which was totaled in 2005 due to an unfortunate collision with a cow on Highway 93.

Shop N Go, 3501 S. Logan in Englewood, sold the winning ticket.

In Denver County, more than $100 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the South Platte River Corridor, Denver Botanic Gardens and Teaching Barn at the Urban Farm in Stapleton.

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.

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February 22, 2007
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