Scratch player scores million dollar prize

PUEBLO – A Colorado Springs resident has won the largest instant top prize in the Colorado Lottery’s 25-year history. Jeff Mitchell got lucky playing the scratch game Colorado Millionaire, the lottery’s first $20 game.

The game offers three instant million dollar prizes and one second-chance top prize. The probability of winning any prize in the game is 1 in 2.96.  Colorado Millionaire also includes five $100,000 prizes and eight $50,000 prizes. Overall, the game will pay out more than $35.5 million in prizes.

The winner purchased his ticket from Cheyenne Mountain Liquors, 730 Cheyenne Meadows Road, Colorado Springs. The store will receive a $15,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
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.

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.


November 27, 2007
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