Colorado man took over a week to realize he won $2M lotto
UPI News Service, 01/25/2020
A Colorado man held onto a $2 million lotto ticket for more than a week before giving it a second look and realizing he won.
The winner, identified as Paul T. in a Colorado Lottery news release Friday, bought the ticket at a King Soopers supermarket in Littleton earlier this month.
His ticket matched five numbers in the Colorado Powerball -- 03, 21, 23, 31 and 59 -- on Jan. 11, but the southern Colorado man of Pueblo didn't realize it until he gave the ticket sitting in his pocket a second look more than a week later.
The winnings came at a time of financial struggle for his family with medical and college expenses.
"His family underwent three major surgeries last year and with a child in college, finances have been stretched for Paul," the release said. "But not anymore! Paul says he'll continue to work, traveling for work five days a week, until retirement."
Still, Paul said he may choose a sunny beach to call home.
He is not the only one to benefit from the proceeds.
The supermarket where his ticket was purchased will receive a $3,000 bonus, according to the release. Also, 25 cents from every dollar spent goes to the Lottery's proceeds partners to fund parks and open spaces.
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The Colorado Lottery is dedicated to funding the state's park and open spaces, having given more than $3.4 billion back to parks, trails, open spaces and recreation projects since 1985.
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