Aurora Player Wins Seven Cash 5 Jackpots

DENVER - The jackpot for the Colorado Lottery's Cash 5 game is $20,000, and the probability of hitting it is 1 in 201,376. To say that Will Martin beat the odds is an understatement. He played the same numbers multiple times for the drawing on May 23 and won the Cash 5 jackpot seven times, earning him $140,000.

"I’m still numb," said Martin, a salesman with the Seattle Fish Company. "When I started playing, I always believed that I was going to win."

His positive attitude has paid off. Since he began playing Cash 5 in 2003, he has matched four of the five numbers nine times. Then one day Martin saw a set of Quick Pick numbers, or numbers generated by a computer, that he liked, and he’s been playing that same set of numbers ever since - more than three years.

When he checked his numbers on the Lottery Web site, he was stunned. "After playing those numbers for so long and then seeing all of them match, I was shocked."

Martin plans to use his winnings to pay debts and help his mom buy a house. He purchased his winning tickets at two Conocos in Littleton: 9100 W. Ken Caryl Ave. and 7505 E. Parkway Dr.

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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May 30, 2007
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