Colorado Springs Player Gets Windfall From Non-Winner

DENVER – Charles Vaught of Colorado Springs said he isn’t really fond of crossword puzzles, but he might start liking them now. The regular Colorado Lottery player won $40,000 in a second-chance drawing for the $3 Happy Crossword Scratch game, which was held on Tuesday in Pueblo.

Vaught decided to buy the Happy Crossword Scratch game after realizing it had a second-chance drawing. Although he only entered two non-winning tickets, it was enough. When the Lottery notified him of his win this week, he thought it was a prank.

The U.S. Postal Service mailman said he plans to use his winnings to help pay his daughter’s expenses at Pikes Peak Community College and to make home renovations.

“Since I have the check in hand, I feel a whole lot better,” he said. “I’ll continue to play and enter the (second-chance) drawings because you just never know.”

The Colorado Lottery offers more than a dozen second-chance drawings each year on select Scratch games. Players can enter their non-winning tickets for the second-chance drawings by mail or via the Internet. To see the current list of eligible drawings, visit the Web at www.coloradolottery.com/games/scratch/secondchance. Second-chance winners of top prizes are drawn 60 days after the game ends.

In El Paso County, more than $120 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Fountain Creek Regional Park and Trail and Gossage Youth Sports Complex.

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.


April 13, 2007
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