Cortez Man Wins $77,777 in Super 7’s Game

DENVER – Ernie Sanders, of Cortez, a truck driver in the oil fields won $77,777 playing the Super 7’s Scratch game from the Colorado Lottery. Sanders bought his ticket at Mustang’s in Cortez.

Sanders plays the lottery every day, and usually wins a couple of times a week. This is the first time he’s won a significant prize, and he already has plans for the money. First, he paid off his wife’s car, then he bought himself a new truck. He also made sure to thank the clerk at Mustang’s who sold him the winning ticket.

"The secret to winning is when you win, you have to tip," Sanders said. “If I don’t tip, I don’t win.”

But, Sanders and the clerk aren’t the only people to benefit from playing the Lottery. All of the residents of this small four-corners town have benefited from the Lottery in a variety of parks, recreation and open space projects in Montezuma County. Some of the projects the Lottery helped fund in 2005 are:

  • Roaring Fork Trailhead - $24,840
  • Parque de Vida Skateboard Facility - $35,000
  • Parque de Vida Ballfield Facilities - $32,500
  • Cottonwood Trail Project - $20,320
  • Ron Kotarski, Jr. Memorial Community Playground - $100,000
  • Enhancements to Boyle Park - $186,000
  • Dolores Town Park Trail - $4,340
  • Lewis-Arriola Elementary School Science Lab and Wildlife Sanctuary - $8,500

In all, more than $3.6 million dollars went to projects in Montezuma County in FY2005.

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 Fiscal Year 2005, more than $103.7 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.6 billion has been returned to the state.


November 18, 2005
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