Puebloan Wins Lotto Jackpot — Again
DENVER – One Colorado Lottery player credits his faith for winning the Lotto jackpot not just once, but twice in three years. Since the game was introduced in 1989, Lotto has seen only two other duplicate jackpot winners.
The long-time Lottery player, who wants to remain anonymous, won the Lotto jackpot from the drawing on December 20, 2006, which was worth $3.4 million. The winning numbers were 1, 12, 19, 20, 29 and 31. Just three years earlier, he also hit the Lotto jackpot for $1.3 million on October 27, 2003.
The first time the Pueblo native won, he was less than a week away from filing for bankruptcy. Desperate and discouraged, he said one more prayer, “Lord, help me out. I want to pay my bills. I don’t want to file for bankruptcy.” Within moments, he heard a voice that encouraged him to buy only one ticket, and, as they say, the rest is history.
Since his first windfall, the life-long Christian has supported, and plans to continue to support, various charities that help children and the homeless, such as Feed the Children and Wayside Cross Rescue Mission in Pueblo.
The probability of winning the Lotto jackpot is 1 in 5,245,786, and the probability of winning the jackpot twice in a lifetime is one in many, many trillion.
“Winning the jackpot just once is a life-changing experience,” said Peggy Gordon, director of the Colorado Lottery. “To win a second time just proves that lighting does strike twice!”
The other two double winners in Lotto were Donald Wittman, Jr., who won in 1989 and 1991, and Shelley Hedwall, who won in 1998 and 2003.
The winning Lotto ticket was sold at 7-Eleven, 5 Widefield, in Colorado Springs.
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.