El Jebel shopper wins $25,000 per year for life in lottery game | AspenTimes.com

El Jebel shopper wins $25,000 per year for life in lottery game

One lucky shopper in the El Jebel City Market won $25,000 per year for life Monday night.

The person won in the Lucky For Life game, which the Colorado Lottery added to its lineup just last month. Colorado was the 21st state in the country to join the national Jackpot game. Colorado’s first drawing was July 18.

“I wasn’t expecting to get a big winner this soon,” said Colorado Lottery spokeswoman Kelly Tabor.

The winner hadn’t come forward to either the grocery store or the Colorado Lottery as of Tuesday late afternoon. Tabor sent out a notice to make sure people checked their tickets.

Mark Friend, assistant store manager at City Market in El Jebel, said they were notified Tuesday morning that someone purchased the winning ticket there Monday night, but the staff was unaware of the winner’s identity.

Tabor said the winner matched five of six numbers. Players pick numbers from 1 to 48 and a lucky ball number from 1 to 18. The odds of winning the $25,000 per year for life were one in 1,813,028.

The winner is guaranteed the income for life, as the game suggests. If a person dies prior to 20 years after winning, their estate gets the $25,000 per year through year 20, Tabor said.

The winner also can take the lump sum of $390,000, she said.

The winner has 180 days to claim the prize. The person should immediately sign the back of the ticket and take it to a claim office. The closest one to the Roaring Fork Valley is in Grand Junction.

At the least, the person’s first name and first initial of their last name will be shared, along with their hometown. The Colorado Lottery will release the full identity if the person allows.

City Market expects to receive marketing material from the Colorado Lottery that alerts customers that a winning ticket was sold. That could help spur lottery ticket sales, Friend said.

Lucky For Life has a bigger grand prize of $1,000 per day. To win that, a person must match five numbers and have the lucky ball number.

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