Denver Player Expects $5,000 – Wins $100,000 Instead
DENVER – Ashley Fresquez of Denver was happy when she thought she had won $5,000 in the Colorado Lottery Scratch game, $5 Super Blueline Crossword. She was ecstatic when she learned she had actually won $100,000.
“I was speechless, and that doesn’t happen very often,” laughed the mother of two.
Fresquez usually plays the $1 or $2 Scratch tickets, but this time her dad convinced her to splurge on the $5 game. Since she was unfamiliar with the Crossword Scratch games, she thought she had only won $5,000 and never imaged that she had won one of the four $100,000 top prizes.
Fresquez said the money will help towards the house she and her husband just purchased and maybe a vacation for the family later this year.
Since the Lottery introduced the first Crossword Scratch ticket in December 2000, Crossword games have become one of the most popular Scratch games in Lottery history.
Santa Fe Conoco at 4601 S. Santa Fe Dr. in Englewood sold the winning Scratch ticket.
In Denver County, more than $107.1 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 $1.8 billion has been returned to the state.