Twist of Fate Proves Lucky for Lotto Winner

Twist of Fate Proves Lucky for Lotto Winner


DENVER – It was a simple $2.5 million dollar twist of fate. Theresa Smith used her change from buying Christmas cookies to buy what she thought was a Powerball ticket. Instead, the clerk printed off a Lotto ticket. The clerk asked what she wanted to do, and she decided just to keep the Lotto ticket. Good thing. The ticket mistake was worth the $2.5 million jackpot in the drawing December 21, 2005. The winning numbers were 1, 4, 5, 27, 32, 38.


The 53-year-old retail store manager bought the ticket at the King Soopers at 2810 Quebec St. She was renting movies at the Albertsons in Lowry on Christmas Eve when she decided to check the winning numbers. Fate intervened again. When the clerk could not check the ticket because the Saturday drawing was taking place, the clerk assumed that meant the ticket wasn’t a winner and asked if Smith wanted her to tear it up. Smith said no, then picked up a paper copy of the winning numbers. She looked at the numbers, looked at her ticket, looked at the numbers again…and saw she was a winner. Not believing her luck, she asked another shopper to check the ticket. That man said simply, “You just won the Lotto. Merry Christmas,” and walked away. She still couldn’t believe it, so she went home and asked a friend to check the numbers on the Colorado Lottery Web site. She couldn’t deny it anymore: she was a jackpot winner.


Smith chose the cash option and walked out with $903,102 after taxes. She plans to invest the money, and maybe buy a bigger house.


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.



December 30, 2005
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