LOTTERY AWARDS $1.2 MILLION IN SECOND-CHANCE PRIZES

DENVER – The Colorado Lottery held five second chance drawings this week, providing prizes worth more than $1.2 million to 103 players. Nancy Johnson was one of those winners. The Pueblo resident was shocked when she received an email Wednesday from the Colorado Lottery, informing her she’d won a pair of season tickets for the Denver Broncos’ upcoming season.

“I just sat there and stared at it for awhile,” said Johnson, who despite being a Broncos fan for 15 years, has never attended one of the team’s games. “Now, everyone is calling me and saying they want to go.”

Johnson won her prize by entering her non-winning Broncos-themed Scratch tickets in the game’s second-chance drawing. The Lottery holds roughly 20 second-chance drawings annually, providing players with a second chance to win on a variety of games. To enter, players simply register their non-winning tickets online. More than 25 Scratch games are currently eligible for second-chance drawings.

The Lottery held second-chance drawings for five games Tuesday night, including the Scratch games: Taxes Paid Cash Spectacular, $250,000 Holiday Snowbank and Extreme 13. The Lottery also held a drawing providing MatchPlay tickets to 50 fans of the jackpot game. The Taxes Paid drawing featured the largest second-chance prize  - $704,225 pretax resulting in a $500,000 net windfall. The Lottery is now in the process of contacting all the winners and awarding prizes.

Johnson was one of 50 players to receive a pair of season tickets. The football aficionado is such a big Broncos fan that she has a corner of her living room dedicated to the team and sports everything from Broncos jewelry to socks during the season.

“About the only thing I haven’t found is Broncos underwear,” joked Johnson.

Johnson’s non-winning ticket was chosen from nearly 180,000 entries in the Broncos drawing. To see the current list of games that qualify for upcoming drawings, visit https://www.coloradolottery.com/index.cfm/ID/55/Second-Chance-Drawings/

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Powerball, Cash 5, Scratch, Lotto and MatchPlay - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned $2.2 billion to the state of Colorado since its creation in 1983. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the Lottery has provided funding for new trails, open space and wildlife protection.


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Erika Gonzalez
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erika.gonzalez@lottery.state.co.us

April 22, 2010
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