Mesa County Player Gets Early Christmas Present

DENVER – Joanie Langley of Grand Junction learned first hand that a good deed can have big rewards. After she helped a friend move, she received a thank you card with a Scratch ticket. She quickly realized that she won the top prize – $25,000 – in the Colorado Lottery’s $3 Winter Wish Scratch game.

“Whose life wouldn’t be better with $25,000?” said Langley, a May graduate of Fruita Monument High School. “I’m still in shock, but it’ll be a nice Christmas this year.”

Langley will split her prize with her friend, who wants to remain anonymous. Then she plans to put her winnings in the bank until she decides what to do.

C & F Food Store, 2847 North Ave., in Grand Junction sold the winning ticket.

In Mesa County, more than $45 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community areas, riparian parks and recreation facilities such as Vega State Park, Connected Lakes Trail and Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area.

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.

November 17, 2006
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