CLAUDE G. won $90,000,000
A winning Powerball jackpot ticket worth $90 million was claimed in the Colorado Lottery's Grand Junction claims office on Wednesday, August 13. The ticket for the August 9 drawing was sold at the Kum & Go store on East 26th Street in Rifle. The winning numbers were 3-12-31-34-51 and the Powerball number was 24.
The winner, Claude G., was surrounded by his family as he filled out paperwork and spoke to the media. Claude was born in Glenwood Springs and has spent most of his life in Rifle. He works as a tow truck operator and is a twice-weekly Powerball player. When he discovered he won Sunday morning, he signed the back of the ticket, put it in a fire-proof safe, told his family, and sought financial and legal counsel. He said he has not yet decided on whether to take the annuity option or the lump-sum in cash.
It was an emotional day for Claude and his family. His wife Jackie, his mother Marie, and his two daughters were all there for support as he fielded questions from local media.
"He's such a practical joker, I didn't believe him at first," said Claude's sister-in-law Rose. "This means so much. They've struggled all their lives."
Claude was tight-lipped about how he might spend his massive winnings, but said he plans to keep busy and "just have fun". He is also excited to start making some travel plans because he has never before seen the ocean.
Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday evening. Powerball is a multi-state game with a starting jackpot of $40 million and other prizes ranging from $4 to $2 million. To play, consumers choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one Powerball number from 1 to 35. Players that match all five numbers and the Powerball win the jackpot.