DENVER – Leslie and Rich Crosby had a ticket worth $4.6 million dollars from the June 8 Lotto drawing sitting in a stack of unchecked tickets, didn’t bother to check to see if it was a winner until the day the jackpot was set to expire, and didn’t verify the winning ticket until 11:17 p.m. The couple literally waited until the last possible minute to claim their prize. Winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize before it expires.


“We’re still kind of dumbfounded,” said Rich Crosby, a 46-year-old truck driver.


Leslie, 36, works at First American Heritage Title Company and says the couple will start a college fund for their 4-year-old son Evan and “get the money to work for us.”


Leslie and Rich chose the cash option and walked away with $1,628,204 after taxes. The couple plays the lottery every Wednesday and Saturday and always chooses the Quick Pick option.


Proceeds from the sale of Lotto tickets in Colorado are returned to residents in the form of parks, recreation, wildlife and open space projects. In Fiscal Year 2005, more than  $103 million was returned to proceeds recipients from the sales of all Lottery products, including Powerball, Cash 5, Lotto and Scratch tickets. In addition, more than $249 million was awarded to game winners.



December 6, 2005
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