Western Slope Man Predicts Lotto Win
DENVER – Bill Booth was so certain he’d win the Lotto drawing on December 24, 2005, he told all of his co-workers at the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office on Friday that he was going to win the jackpot. He says he had a good feeling. Now he’s feeling even better after proving himself right, winning the $1.2 million jackpot.
“Everybody at work thinks I’m crazy for playing the Lotto; they couldn’t believe I actually won,” Bill said. “But, I tell them: ‘You gotta be in it to win it.’ That dollar isn’t going to do anything for you sitting in your pocket.”
Bill and wife Jeanie were at Fisher Liquor Barn in Grand Junction buying wine for Christmas presents when they decided to buy their Lotto tickets for the drawing. Bill wanted to wait until the next day to buy, but something told Jeanie to buy at the Barn. “Something just came over me that said ‘Buy it now!’,” Jeanie said.
Since Jeanie is in charge of buying Lotto tickets twice a week, Bill is in charge of checking the numbers. He was doing just that over coffee on December 26 when he started matching numbers.
“We’ve got two numbers,” Bill said. “We’ve got three numbers…we’ve got four numbers…hold on, we’ve got five numbers…then I started to shake and she started to cry. You just can’t believe what you’re seeing.”
Jeanie already quit her part-time job, and Bill is contemplating retiring from the criminal investigations unit with the District Attorney. The couple is working with an accountant to make sure they make the right decisions. They chose the cash option and walked away with $433,793 after taxes.
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 2005, more than $103.7 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.6 billion has been returned to the state.