First-time Sterling Player Wins $200,000 in Powerball
DENVER – A 32-year-old construction worker from Sterling has a lot of beginner’s luck. When the Powerball jackpot started to rise to $245 million, he purchased his very first Powerball ticket when his friends bought theirs.
Unsure whether or not he had a winner, he asked his father, who is an avid Colorado Lottery player, to help him check his numbers. His father explained how the game worked and told him that he had matched five of the six numbers to win $200,000.
During the drawing on August 15, he matched the 19, 22, 24, 38 and 51 but not the Powerball number of 9. He just missed the jackpot by one number.
“It still hasn’t sunk in,” he said in a daze. “I’m still in shock.”
The Sterling player plans to invest his winnings, help his family and maybe buy a new vehicle.
The retailer that sold the winning ticket is Nicks 3rd Avenue Liquor in Sterling. The retailer receives a $2,000 bonus for selling the ticket.
In Logan County, more than $12 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the North Sterling State Park, Elm Street Park, and Logan County Fairgrounds.
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.