Retired Aurora Officer Wins Cash 5 Jackpot
DENVER – A former police and code enforcement officer for the City of Aurora won the Colorado Lottery Cash 5 jackpot on March 9. Frederick Schlemeyer of Aurora retired in December of 2005 after 42 years with the city.
“I just appreciate all the other players who have contributed to the (prize by playing),” said the long-time Lottery player. “Everyone plays because they want to win, and I’m lucky it was me this time.”
Schlemeyer said he doesn’t have any specials plans to celebrate the $20,000 jackpot, just pay bills. “After a couple of heart surgeries, I’m just glad to be able to get up each day.”
LP Stop, 1470 Airport Blvd. in Aurora, sold the winning ticket.
In Adams County, more than $70 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the South Platte River Heritage Corridor Legacy, Colorado Outdoor Education and Recreation Complex and Prairie Gateway Land Acquisition.
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.