Colorado Springs Player Wins $200,000 Powerball Prize
DENVER – The most Myra Steffey had won on a Colorado Lottery Powerball ticket was $6. That was until she matched five numbers in the drawing on April 28.
On Sunday morning, the Colorado Springs player realized she had won $200,000 when her husband checked her numbers and gave her the victory double-fisted hand pump. “My first thought was ‘No way,’” said Steffey, who is a supervisor for a telecommunications company. “It’s just a surreal experience to see so many numbers match (on the same ticket).”
Since she moved to Colorado three years ago, she has played Powerball twice a week. Not long after realizing her good fortune, she purchased a restaurant gift card for the clerk who sold her the ticket to show her appreciation.
Steffey plans to use her winnings to save towards her retirement, pay a few bills, make home improvements and share with her three daughters, one of whom is leaving for Bagdad on Tuesday with the U.S. Air Force.
The 7-Eleven at 4605 Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs sold the winning ticket.
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.