Buffalo Creek Resident Wins Cash 5 Jackpot

DENVER – One win gave Michael Ryder two jolts in a short time. The Buffalo Creek resident was first surprised to learn he had won the Colorado Lottery Cash 5 jackpot on March 22. Then when he came into the Lottery office to claim, expecting a $10,000 prize, he got the second jolt: he’d actually won the $20,000 jackpot.

“I had a hard time sleeping when I thought (the jackpot) was $10,000,” said Ryder, who couldn’t stop smiling at his good fortune. “This is a really nice surprise.”

Ryder, who is renovating his home, might use his winnings to purchase a Harley Davidson motorcycle. One thing he is sure about is that he plans to get his wife “something nice.”

The Cash 5 winning numbers from the drawing on March 22 were 7, 13, 14, 28 and 30. Loaf N Jug, 26067 Conifer Rd. in Conifer, sold the winning ticket.

In Jefferson County, more than $137 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the Clear Creek Canyon Corridor Legacy Project, Golden Gate Canyon State Park and Dinosaur Ridge Visitors Center.

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 27, 2007
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