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.