Silt Mesa Man Turns $10 Prize into $100,000

DENVER–  James Taylor had a very lucky Thursday. He bought a $10 Super Cash Spectacular ticket in Silt before work and won $10. Then, he took that ticket to a retailer in New Castle, turned it in and bought a $5 Deal or No Deal ticket, which also won him $10. He used those winnings to buy another Super Cash Spectacular ticket – and won $100,000.

“You think ‘It’ll never happen to me,’” Taylor said. “And, here it is happening to me. I’m having one helluva Thursday! It really is life changing. It just couldn’t have happened at a better time.”

Taylor said he plans to pay off some bills, take his family out for a nice prime rib dinner, and buy a pick-up truck for his son – provided he raises his grades.

The utilities director for the Town of New Castle turns 50 next month, and knows that he’s all set for a great birthday.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games - Scratch, Lotto, Powerball and Cash 5 - stay in Coloradoto 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.

The Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: Great Outdoors Colorado, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.



October 25, 2007
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