Man hits $1M lottery prize at Carbondale store
The Roaring Fork Valley has a new near-millionaire thanks to a scratch-off lottery ticket sold at a Carbondale convenience store.
A man identified by Colorado Lottery officials only as Nelson L. won a $1 million prize on a $20 Luxuriant Treasures ticket, lottery spokeswoman Kelly Tabor said. After taxes were taken out — 25 percent to the federal government and 4 percent to Colorado — the man was paid $710,000, Tabor said.
Colorado law permits lottery winners to be identified by only first name and first initial of their last name. Tabor said Nelson L. declined other publicity, such as a photo, which also is his option.
The ticket was sold at the Cowen Center Convenience Store/Valero gas station on Cowen Drive.
Mario Salgato, a manager at the Valero, said the winner is a regular at the store among the many workers who swing into the store near the intersection of highways 133 and 82 on the way to work.
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“He comes in every morning to get coffee,” Salgato said.
Tabor said that unlike stores that sell winning lotto tickets, the Valero does not get a payment for selling a big scratch winner, but Salgato said the win has fueled increased scratch ticket sales since word got out about Nelson’s win.
Million-dollar wins are rare in Colorado. This is only the third seven-figure win in Garfield County since the beginning of 2006.
The others were the state’s largest-ever jackpot, a $90 million Powerball ticket sold in August 2014 at Rifle’s Kum & Go on East 26th Street, and a $1 million scratch ticket sold in New Castle in 2009.
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