$100K Powerball winner bought ticket in Aspen | AspenTimes.com

$100K Powerball winner bought ticket in Aspen

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

If you bought a Powerball ticket at Aspen’s City Market for Wednesday’s drawing, take a close look at it.

Someone’s holding a $100,000 winning ticket purchased at the grocery store.

“Someone won $100,000 that came off this machine,” confirmed Pat Ritchey, bookkeeper at City Market. “It’s kind of exciting for whoever won it.”

An official from the Colorado Lottery informed City Market that the hundred-grander was purchased there, she said. The sale occurred Monday, Ritchey added.

No one had yet claimed the winnings by early yesterday afternoon, according to Todd Greco, a spokesman at Colorado Lottery’s Pueblo headquarters. He could confirm only that the ticket was purchased in the Aspen area.

The ticket-holder must go to the lottery office in either Pueblo or Denver to claim the prize, Greco said. Thirty-one percent will come off the top for federal and state taxes.

The winning numbers, by the way, were 3-25-27-28-53 and the Powerball number was 35.

To win $100,000, a player matches all five of the numbers on the white balls used in the drawing, but fails to match the red Powerball to win the big jackpot. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are one in 2,909,678, according to the Colorado Lottery Web site.

The winner purchased the ticket for $1 – a decision he or she may be cursing now. Had the buyer shelled out $2 for a Powerplay ticket, the winnings would be multiplied by the Powerplay number, which happened to be 5 in Wednesday’s drawing. That would have bumped the winnings to $500,000.

No one won Wednesday’s $162 million Powerball jackpot. It jumps to $190 million for Saturday night’s drawing. That’s not a record sum, but it’s getting close to the top five, Greco said.

Powerball is played in 24 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com

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