Colorado Lottery Gives Players Chance to Play Real "Deal"

DENVERFour Deal or No Deal Scratch game players didn't scratch off any cash, but still ended up big winners. Raeann Pacheco of Denver, Alisha Hughes of Colorado Springs, Irene Melendez of Brush and Aracelis Chase of Aurora scored trips to Hollywood for the chance to play NBC's popular game show, after their non-winning tickets were chosen as winners in the Colorado Lottery's Deal or No Deal Second-Chance Drawing.

 

The quartet (along with three guests each) won airfare to Los Angeles, four-night's accommodations, admission to a Southern California attraction and a visit to the Deal or No Deal studio, where they will select suitcases filled with anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000. If the winners select a briefcase with the word "contestant" inside, they'll be invited on stage to play with host Howie Mandel.

 

Hughes, a big fan of the show, was thrilled to find out she'd won a trip to see the game in person.

"I screamed for three days straight," said Hughes, who plans to take her three children with her to Hollywood. "I'm dreaming of silver cases."

 

The entries submitted by Hughes, Pacheco, Melendez and Chase were chosen from more than 174,000 drawing entries. Entrants whose names didn't get picked for the trip, still have a shot at winning $1 million in a second, Deal or No Deal drawing. All non-winning entries received from October 1, 2007 to August 27, 2008 will be included in the drawing, slated for September 3, 2008. Four preliminary winners from that drawing will be selected to participate in a multi-state drawing for $1 million scheduled for September 17.

 

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery's games – Scratch, Lotto, Cash 5, and Powerball - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. Now celebrating its 25th year, the Lottery has returned more than $1.9 billion to the state of Colorado since its creation. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the lottery has provided funding for new trails, precious open space and wildlife protection. Pueblo County has received more than $35 million in proceeds since the Lottery's inception, supporting sports facilities, parks, playgrounds and a variety of other projects.

 

 

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April 9, 2008
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