Colorado Native Wins $250,000 in Second-Chance Drawing

DENVER – Just two weeks after moving out of Colorado, Deborah Nordholm found out she won $250,000 in a Colorado Lottery second-chance drawing.

The former Commerce City resident returned to Colorado to finalize a few details and visit friends. Before settling into her home in Oklahoma, she’ll leave her hometown a little richer.

“I just thought, ‘It couldn’t be,’” said Nordholm. “I’ve never been lucky like this.” 

The loyal Lottery player entered a non-winning $10 Scratch ticket, $250,000 Winfall, into a second-chance drawing. Nordholm’s ticket was selected from 66,000 entries. She said she usually plays $5 Scratch tickets, unless she’s feeling lucky and then she’ll buy a $10 ticket.

A breast cancer survivor, she plans to establish a college fund for her daughter and donate to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. She might even splurge and buy herself a new car. Nordholm bought her $250,000 Winfall Scratch ticket at Diamond Shamrock, 4500 E. 74th Ave. in Commerce City.

The Colorado Lottery offers more than a dozen second-chance drawings each year on select Scratch games. Players can enter the second-chance drawings by mail or via the Internet. To see the current list of eligible drawings, visit the Web at www.coloradolottery.com/games/scratch/secondchance. Second-chance winners of top prizes are drawn 60 days after the game ends.

In Adams County, more than $70 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the South Platte River Heritage Corridor Legacy, Pioneer Park and Soccer Fields at Northwest Open Space Recreation Area.

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 fiscal year 2007, more than $117 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.9 billion has been returned to the state.

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July 26, 2007
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