Winning Scratch Ticket Turns Clifton Family into Home Owners

GRAND JUNCTION  –  It can take years to save a large enough sum to make a down payment on a house. For Anthony and Janet Appleton, it took just a few minutes. The couple’s dreams of home ownership became a reality May 15th, when they scratched off the $40,000 top prize in the Colorado Lottery’s Animal Crossword Scratch game. Anthony Appleton purchased the winning ticket, but gave it to his wife to scratch off while he went to chat with a neighbor.

"I was three houses down and she started screaming, ‘Come here now!'" said Anthony Appleton. "She just started going crazy."

The winning ticket was the largest prize the Appletons, who buy tickets daily, had ever won. The couple scored a $500 prize playing Folding Money Multiplier last month.

The couple and their two teenage daughters have been renting since moving to Clifton from Arizona five years ago. In addition to purchasing a house somewhere in Clifton or Grand Junction, the family is also planning a trip to Disneyland.

"The money will definitely come in handy," said Anthony Appleton.

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. 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. Mesa County has received more than $47 million in proceeds since the Lottery’s inception, supporting sports facilities, parks, playgrounds and a variety of other projects.

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May 19, 2008
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