Denver Resident Wins $200,000 Powerball Prize
DENVER – Theresa Perez carried a very lucky ticket in her purse for nearly two weeks before realizing it was a big winner. When she remembered to check the ticket Friday morning, she realized she matched five of six numbers in the Dec. 6th Powerball drawing, earning a $200,000 prize.
“I looked up the numbers on the Web site (this morning) at work, and I had to call the guy who sits behind me over to check the numbers,” said Perez. “He looked at them and said, ‘Yep, you’re a winner.’”
Perez, who works as unemployment insurance technician for the State of Colorado, remained in shock until she actually had her check in hand. She will use the money to pay bills and buy some Christmas presents. She also plans to take her ailing husband to California to visit his kids.
“This is really going to surprise him,” said Perez, an occasional Lottery player, whose largest prize previously was $100.
Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Powerball, Lotto, Cash 5 and Scratch - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. Celebrating its 25th year, the Lottery has returned $2 billion to the state of Colorado since its creation. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the Lottery has provided funding for new trails, precious open space and wildlife protection. Denver County has received $111.4 million from the Lottery since the organization was created.