Delta Woman Completes Crossword for $100,000 Prize

DENVER– For four days, Anita Johnson was $100,000 richer and didn’t know it. Four days is how long the Colorado Lottery’s $5 Scratch game “Super Blueline Crossword” sat on her kitchen table unscratched. On Labor Day, she finally scratched it and discovered her good fortune.

Johnson said she plans to pay off some debts and put a down payment on a house with her top prize. The CityMarketFuelCenter, 122 Gunnison River Dr., in Delta sold the winning ticket.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games - Scratch, Lotto, Powerball and Cash 5 - stay in Coloradoto 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.

The Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: Great Outdoors Colorado, Conservation Trust Fund and ColoradoState Parks. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.

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September 5, 2007
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