Pueblo Retailer Sells $1 Million Powerball Ticket
DENVER – A Colorado Lottery retailer in Pueblo sold the first $1 million Powerball ticket of the year. JR’s Country Store, 3920 Hollybrook in Pueblo, sold the ticket for the drawing on Saturday, January 20.
“I’m just shocked,” said John Sanders, manager of the store. “It’s hard to believe that one ticket can be worth so much. We’re going to have one really happy customer.”
During his three years as manager, Sanders recalls the largest prize sold was $10,000 from a Scratch ticket. The store will receive $3,000 as a bonus for selling the million-dollar ticket.
Sanders said he, along with six employees, has seen the rising jackpot increase traffic from regular customers, as well as new ones. “The most frequent request we get is to explain how the Power Play works.”
The $1 million ticket matched five numbers but not the Powerball number, which is normally worth $200,000. Since the player paid an extra dollar for the Power Play option, it multiplied the winnings by five times because the Power Play number happened to be five for the drawing.
The winning numbers from the Powerball drawing on January 20 were 1, 5, 26, 32 and 38; the Powerball was 30.
“This is the fourth Powerball ticket we’ve had in Colorado, worth $1 million,” said Peggy Gordon, director of the Colorado Lottery. “It’s exciting for us to see players win so much, without even hitting the jackpot.”
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.