GRAND JUNCTION – Call it a case of good karma. Earlier this week, Kevin Harris walked into Willitts Gas Station in Basalt to buy a drink. Not wanting to saddle the store with having to break a $50 bill for such a small purchase, Harris also bought three $10 Crossword Tripler Scratch tickets. Hours later, Harris discovered that his kindness had been rewarded with the game’ s $250,000 top prize.


“I actually was shocked,” said Harris, whose largest prize previously was $500. “I always envisioned winning $1,000 or $5,000. But to jump from that to $250,000 was pretty exciting.”


Harris initially thought he had matched 14 words, yielding a $50,000 prize. But before heading to the Lottery’s Grand Junction office to clam his prize, Harris highlighted all of his words and realized that he had actually scratched off 15 words, winning $250,000 instead.


Harris, who co-owns a wholesale distribution company in Basalt, has been playing the Lottery’s Scratch games regularly for two decades. He’s a fan of the crossword Scratch games because they “provide a little more of a challenge,” than other Scratch games. He plans to use his winnings to complete construction of a cabin he’s building with his brother-in-law. (“This will accelerate the process,” said Harris). He’s also considering a family vacation to Hawaii.


It took a few days for Harris to scratch off the other two tickets he purchased, but neither were winners. Harris, however, plans to keep playing. He celebrated his big win by taking his sister to lunch at Red Lobster and buying a few Quick Pick tickets for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing.


Proceeds from Scratch and the Colorado Lottery’s other games – Powerball, Cash 5 and Scratch – stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the Lottery has provided $2 billion in funding since 1983 to build new trails, preserve open space, construct recreation centers and protect wildlife habitat.



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February 11, 2009
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