Colorado Man Wins Two $1 Million Jackpots in One Day

Wednesday April 29th 2020

We all know patience is a virtue, and it certainly paid off big-time for Colorado Lottery winner "Joe B." The Pueblo resident has played the same numbers for 30 years - and his persistence has finally been rewarded.

On March 25, Joe won not one, but two $1 million Powerball prizes on the same day!

He purchased both tickets on Lake Avenue in Pueblo - one from 7-Eleven at 926 Lake Avenue, and the other at the Loaf and Jug at 2050 Lake Avenue. Joe purchased one ticket in the morning and the second in the evening, said Meghan Dougherty, the Colorado Lottery’s Communications Director.

Joe stopped by the Colorado Lottery drive-through claim center recently to collect his prize. Lottery offices are closed during the coronavirus outbreak, so the lottery has set up a touch-free claims window to safely process high-value winning tickets.

The staff asked what Joe and his wife planned to do with the prize money. "The Boss has plans for it," Joe replied with a smile.

The lottery closed its offices to combat the spread of COVID-19 after Gov. Jared Polis announced a stay-at-home order statewide. They will remain closed until further notice.

The lottery then received approval earlier in April to process claims of $10,000 or more at its new touchless, drive-through window in Pueblo.

This option is available by appointment only - winners will need to call the lottery at 1-800-999-2959 to schedule a time to redeem their tickets.

Two More Colorado Powerball Tickets Waiting to be Claimed

There are two other big Colorado Powerball winning tickets still out there, so make sure to check your numbers. Both tickets were purchased on April 25.

Pueblo scored another big win - a $2 million ticket was sold by Alta Convenience at 2801 N. Elizabeth. Colorado Springs got in on the luck too; a ticket worth $1 million was sold at 7-Eleven at 5 Widefield Boulevard, south of Fontaine Boulevard.

Lottery Drive-Through Has Been Busy

Since opening its drive-through window a few weeks ago, the lottery has seen a steady flow of big-dollar winners arriving to claim.

April 16 was a "three-winner Thursday" as staff processed three big wins from claimants who had made the drive from their home towns to Pueblo. All the winners couldn't quite belief their luck until they actually received their "big checks" through the claims window.

A winner who called himself "Little O" made the trip from Denver to claim a $2.3 million Colorado Lotto+ jackpot win. He bought the lucky ticket on March 25 at the Frederick Travel Center on Hwy 52 in Frederick.

Colorado Springs resident Brandon F. collected $21,000 that he won playing 7-11-21 Scratch - a great payoff from his $1 investment. He picked up the winning ticket at Safeway on Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain.

Brandon was thankful to make his claim while observing social distancing rather than waiting weeks for lottery offices to open their doors again.

Morrison man "John" claimed a $20,000 Cash 5 top prize - he purchased the winning ticket on March 30 in Littleton. His hands shook as he told lottery staff that he will use the money to help family and friends who are out of work due to coronavirus.

Prize Claim Deadline Extended

The deadline to claim prizes in Colorado has been extended by Gov. Polis. The extra time applies to tickets that would have expired from April 6 through April 30. The deadline may be increased again by 30 days at a time. The normal claim period to redeem winning tickets is 180 days from the draw date.

Claim a Prize by Mail

The lottery encourages winners to claim prizes of any amount through the mail.

If you've won less than $600, sign the back of your ticket and make a copy of the front and back for your records.

Mail the original ticket to the Lottery at the address below. Use certified or registered mail to track your envelope - the lottery is not responsible for lost items.

For prizes of $600 and over, you'll also need to fill out a winner claim form and send it along with the ticket to: 

Colorado Lottery
PO Box 7
Pueblo, CO 81002

Allow one to two weeks for processing. The lottery will mail prize checks.

Lotteries' Coronavirus Updates

For a complete list of changes lotteries nationwide have made due to COVID-19, please visit the Coronavirus Lottery Updates page, where current information is posted as it is available.

Play Online While Staying at Home

You can still enjoy your favorite games, like tonight's Powerball drawing with a top prize of $43 million, while staying safely at home. Playing online is secure and wins will be automatically deposited into your account.

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