Powerball Win Brings Player to Tears

DENVER – Donna Galloway of Denver couldn’t stop the tears of joy as she learned from the Colorado Lottery staff that she did indeed win $200,000 in the Powerball drawing on March 14.

“It was such a big relief,” said Galloway. “We were facing thousands of dollars in medical bills and didn’t know how we were going to pay them.”

During the upcoming months, Galloway will be undergoing extensive dental surgery. She learned of her good fortune early on Thursday morning when she checked her ticket about 25 times and then had to wake her husband at about 4:30 a.m. Galloway said she’s not normally a lucky person, but her daughter did happen to wish upon a star the night before that her mom would win the Lottery.

King Soopers, 1355 Krameria in Denver, sold the winning ticket.

In Denver County, more than $107 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the Sand Creek Corridor Regional Greenway, Downtown Children’s Playground and Martin Luther King Recreation Center Therapy Pool.

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 $1.8 billion has been returned to the state.

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March 22, 2007
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