COMMERCE CITY RESIDENT WINS $5.4 MILLION LOTTO JACKPOT

DENVER – Robert Loch’s luck might be changing. Loch, who has been battling cancer for nearly two years, won a nearly $5.4 million Lotto jackpot by matching all six numbers in the October 10th drawing. Unemployed since losing his job as a dishwasher at a hotel last year, the windfall will allow the 46-year-old to put looking for work on hold – permanently.

“I’m officially retired,” said Loch, who claimed the jackpot on Friday afternoon. “I’m going to make sure I get to my doctor appointments and focus on my health.”

Loch has been living with his sister and her family since shortly after his diagnosis with renal cell carcinoma nearly two years ago. The cancer, which originated in his kidneys, spread to his bones. But Loch says he is undergoing chemotherapy and his doctors say he is doing well.

Although Loch buys Lotto tickets for every drawing, he says the win came as a complete shock. The clerk at the liquor store where he buys his tickets informed him of his prize after checking his numbers. That store – 80th Avenue Liquors in Commerce City - received $5,000 for selling the lucky ticket.

“I said, ‘Oh My God and holy cow!’” recounted Loch, who then went home and shared the news with his family. “I told my nephews, ‘Your uncle is a rich man.’”

Loch plans to use the money to address his future financial needs. He’ll also share his wealth with his family, helping them pay bills and establish college funds for his seven nieces and nephews. His only big splurge: a new pick-up truck to replace his 1991 Ford Escort.

To celebrate, Loch will take the family out for a dinner at Red Lobster this weekend. He has no plans to leave his sister’s home – “As long as he can keep up with the household chores.”

Proceeds from Lotto and the Colorado Lottery’s other games – Powerball, Cash 5 and Scratch – stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the Lottery has provided more than $2 billion in funding since 1983 to build new trails, preserve open space, construct recreation centers and protect wildlife habitat.

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October 16, 2009
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