"Walking Miracle" Gobbles Up Pac Man Prize

DENVER  –  Two years ago, Trena Craig, was in an car accident that left her in a medically-induced coma for more than a month. Today, the Colorado Springs resident, who her doctor calls a "walking miracle," calls herself just plain lucky. Craig claimed a prize worth $25,000 in the Lottery’s new "Pac Man Cash" Scratch game.

Craig said she stopped by the 7-11 at 6040 Barnes Road in Colorado Springs after work last night and bought two $5 "Pac Man Cash" tickets. The first one wasn’t a winner, and Craig wasn’t having much luck with the second ticket either. Then, on the second row of the second ticket, she hit pay dirt – one of the five available $25,000 prizes. She took the ticket into the store and asked the clerk to validate the ticket. When he handed her back a receipt that said "Claim at Lottery," she knew that she won a big prize.

She was so excited she promised the clerk, who said he’d been working extra hours to help support his children, she would return with a tip for him for selling her the lucky ticket – her way of paying her good fortune forward.

"I really feel like the happiest girl in the whole USA," Craig said. "It is such a blessing, and I feel like it’s important to share that. I’m just so excited!"

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.

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May 7, 2008
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