Two Jackpots in Four Months for Grand Junction Player
DENVER – Twice is nice. Mourning the loss of her husband to cancer, a Grand Junction resident was numb when she won the Colorado Lottery Cash 5 drawing on April 19. When the 56-year-old player hit the $20,000 jackpot again on Aug. 27, she was still in shock.
She considered not playing the game again after winning the first time, but she continued to do it out of habit.
“What are the odds of this happening again?” she said. “I figured that I would be lucky to have it happen twice in a lifetime, maybe, but never again this soon.”
The widow, who lost her husband in September, has been playing Lottery games since moving to Colorado in 1991. She plans to save some of her winnings and to use the remainder towards a trip to the East Coast.
The retailer that sold the winning ticket is Go-Fer, 1750 North Ave. in Grand Junction. The retailer received a $200 bonus for selling the ticket.
In Mesa County, more than $45 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community areas, riparian parks and recreation facilities such as Vega State Park, Connected Lakes Trail and Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area.
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 2007, more than $117 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.9 billion has been returned to the state.