Loveland Player Wins on Daughter’s Lucky Ticket

DENVER – Wilson Spence thinks his daughter, Jennifer, has always been lucky. She proved it this weekend when she picked out a $1 Colorado Lottery Scratch ticket for him, worth $5,000.

From Scotland, Spence’s mother was ending a month-long visit to the Centennial State, so Jennifer recommended that they play some Scratch games before her grandmother left for the airport. Seven-year-old Jennifer even picked the ticket, which was the Cat Scratch Fever Scratch game.

“It was a great way to cap off (my mother’s) vacation,” said Spence, who plays Lottery games occasionally. “My daughter asked for bunk beds, so she just might get them.”

An engineer, Spence won the top prize in the game, which has a probability of winning of 1 in 336,000. The winning ticket was sold at King Soopers, 253 E. 29th St. in Loveland.

In Larimer County, more than $75 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as Blue Mountain Conservation Area, Hermit Park and Open Space, Stanley Park Skate Project and City Park Pool Waterslide.

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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June 29, 2007
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