Mesa County Player Gets Special Lottery Present

DENVER – Rose Carpenter of Grand Junction received an unexpected birthday present this year. On her 45th birthday, the Mesa County office assistant found out that she had won the Colorado Lottery’s Cash 5 jackpot.

Carpenter, who usually plays Powerball and Lotto, decided to buy a few Cash 5 tickets on a whim for the August 31 drawing. “My mom checked the numbers the next day and called me at work. She said, ‘Are you sitting down?’”

The Cash 5 jackpot is $20,000, and Carpenter plans to save most of it and pay bills. She’ll also help celebrate her mother’s birthday this month as well. Originally from Wyoming, Carpenter has been playing Colorado Lottery games for about 20 years, since Wyoming doesn’t have a state lottery.

Bradley Petroleum in Clifton sold the winning ticket.

In Mesa County, more than $45 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the Colorado River Greenway, Canyon View Park, Colorado River State Park and Colorado Native Environmental Education Center.

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 2006, more than $125.5 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.7 billion has been returned to the state.

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September 6, 2006
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