$2 million lottery winner comes forward

A winner of a locally sold $2 million Powerball jackpot ticket came forward to claim the prize, but her name is known only as Jackie S.

That person matched five winning numbers, but not the Powerball number, from the Aug. 7 Colorado Lottery drawing.

The woman won the $2 million jackpot after purchasing a $3 ticket at East Valley Liquors, 418 32 Road.

Winners are not required to have their full names publicized, according to Colorado’s lottery rules, Colorado Lottery spokeswoman Heather Black said.

“She did not agree to participate in media publicity,” Black said. “Some states do make it a requirement.”

The $2 million payout was a piece of the $448 million national jackpot, the third-largest Powerball prize ever. A $2 million payout was possibly the largest ever for the Grand Valley area, according to Colorado Lottery officials.

Another Colorado winner also won $2 million in this drawing, a person identified only as Jacqueline N. who purchased the ticket at store near Colorado Springs.

Traffic to Colorado Lottery’s website nearly doubled after the winning numbers from the Aug. 7 drawing were released, Black said.

The http://www.coloradolottery.
com website saw about 54,500 hits in the week before the massive drawing. Numbers of website hits spiked to about 95,900 the day after the winning numbers were drawn, on Aug. 8, Black said.

Employees of East Valley Liquors were on the lookout for the winner of the jackpot, hoping the person would check their ticket at the store. However, employees don’t think the woman checked her ticket there and some employees said they aren’t familiar with a person by that name.

People coming into the store can’t stop talking about the big win, store owner Brian Hodges said.

“Everyone comments on it,” he said. “They wished they were the one who bought the ticket.”

Hodges, like plenty of other Grand Valley residents, bought some Powerball tickets in hopes of striking it rich.

His numbers didn’t match up, but he did win. Hodges soon will place a sign on his store’s door proclaiming that a $2 million ticket was sold there. That might promote even more business.

He also received $3,000 for owning the lucky store from which the $2 million ticket was sold.

“I’m still the winner, even though I lost,” Hodges said.


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