Great Big Treat for Centennial Couple

DENVER– One Centennial couple doesn’t need to go trick-or-treating this Halloween. They can now afford all the candy they want, whenever they want, for years and years to come. That’s because they matched 5 of 5 numbers, but not the Powerball number in the October 18th drawing. They also chose the Power Play option, and the multiplier that night was 4, so they walked away with a very sweet $800,000.

The couple, who whishes to remain anonymous, purchased the ticket at the Diamond Shamrock, located at 18565 Smoky Hill Rd. in Aurora.

The husband and his wife are both Certified Public Accountants, and say they will use the money to pay for college for their two children.

The two are regular Powerball players. He buys the tickets and they collect in his wallet until it gets too “fat” from all the tickets. Then, he puts them in an envelope and she checks them. She was stunned this morning when she saw that the ticket he’d been carrying around all week matched five numbers, and was worth $800,000.

“This is quite a treat!” he said. He said the two hadn’t even had time yet to fully comprehend their good fortune. As soon as they realized they’d won, they came in to the Lottery office in Denver to claim their prize.

The probability of matching all 5 of the 5 white backs is about 1 in 3.6 million.  The probability of winning the Powerball jackpot – that is 5 of the 5 white balls plus the red Powerball – is 1 in 146 million. Powerball drawings are held twice a week, each Wednesday and Saturday, in Iowa. Powerball is played in 29 states, Washington DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands

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 2008, more than $122.3 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $2 billion has been returned to the state.

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October 31, 2008
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