Littleton Couple Celebrates 40th Wedding Anniversary with Win

DENVER – True love. Jessie and Anita Gieger met on a blind date and 10 weeks later, they were married. This year they’ll be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. And, thanks to their $600,000 win from the Powerball drawing on Feb. 24, 2007, they’ll be able to take the vacation of their dreams.

Anita, an accountant and long-time Colorado Lottery player, makes it a habit to keep all non-winning Lottery tickets and recheck them at different retailers. Even after she had the “Claim at Lottery” receipt from the retailer, her husband just wouldn’t believe their good fortune until he had the winning check in his hand.

The Giegers plan to invest their winnings and take a trip later this year to celebrate their anniversary. “We had only saved enough to go,” jokes Jessie. “Now we might have enough to eat too!”

Phillips 66, 5860 S. Kipling in Littleton, sold the winning ticket.

In Arapahoe County, more than $91.4 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Columbine Trail Improvements and Silo Park in Greenwood Village.

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 2006, more than $120 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.8 billion has been returned to the state.

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March 7, 2007
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