Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited January 21, 2017, 10:16 am
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Colorado Lottery investigates 21-time prize winner

Colorado LotteryColorado Lottery: Colorado Lottery investigates 21-time prize winner

Cash 5Is it unfair to investigate a player just because he plays a lot?

The Colorado Lottery launched an investigation into a repeat winner and his self-described "system" for winning the Cash Five jackpot again and again.

The real reason Tadeusz Krupa wins so often may have nothing to do with luck, skill or cheating. He may just play... a lot.

Krupa splits his time between two modest homes. One houses his ex-wife and children in Brighton. The other is also the office for T&D Polish Imports & Exports, Inc. in Fort Lupton. Inside, there is little evidence Krupa is importing and exporting anything other than his own money into and out of the Colorado Lottery.

The Fort Lupton home office is sparsely furnished: a few chairs, a computer, some papers scattered about the floor and a kitchen pantry filled with stacks of lottery tickets.

The multitude of tickets, along with luck, are the only valid explainations for Krupa's winning ways, say lottery officials.

The Colorado Lottery investigated when other lottery players complained that Krupa and his immediate family had won $1,000 or more in Colorado's Cash 5 game a total of 21 times since December 2007.

His $158,000 haul, before taxes, includes seven $20,000 jackpots.

"We know that this gentlemen didn't scam the system," said Colorado Lottery Deputy Director Tom Kitts.

Kitts says lottery investigators interviewed the Krupa family and store employees where the winning tickets were bought. Kitts says there is no sign of any wrongdoing.

"It was just an unusual occurance," said Kitts. "My best guess is this gentlemen and his family probably play quite a bit... there's been an incredible streak of luck here as well."

"I have a system," said Krupa.

"It is up here," he added, tapping his forehead.

"If anyone claims to have a system, they may believe they have a system, but we certainly don't believe there is such a thing," said Kitts.

Krupa says he searches for "winning numbers" on the Internet, then fills out thousands of playing tickets by hand. Store clerks say Krupa has been known to buy thousands of dollars worth of tickets a week.

Krupa claims he has won more than he has spent. There is no way to prove it. The Colorado Lottery does not track individuals' purchases.

He often gives his winning tickets to family members to redeem and the lottery does not track winners of less than $1,000, so it is impossible to put an exact total on his winnings.

Krupa was nonchalant when asked about the idea of luck.

"Maybe," he said with a shrug.

Krupa says he is taking a few months off from playing the lottery.

While he plays thousands of number combinations at a time, Krupa says he has a set of "lucky numbers", and offered to share them if anyone is interested: 8, 12, 16, 22 and 27.

Krupa claims his first lottery win was also his largest, a $500,000 jackpot in his native Poland three decades ago.

The real reason Tadeusz Krupa wins so often may have nothing to do with luck, skill or cheating. He may just play... a lot.
The real reason Tadeusz Krupa wins so often may have nothing to do with luck, skill or cheating. He may just play... a lot.

Thanks to LckyLary for being the first to send the tip.


We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

64 comments. Last comment 8 years ago by zero.
Page 1 of 5
joe blacks's avatar - 8b835b0e2f9284a6d29744996e9fbba86f729b6 t.gif
United States
Member #59398
March 15, 2008
823 Posts
Posted: January 8, 2009, 1:59 am - IP Logged

very skillful player,. i believe you , cheat how is he can cheat  LC  you going down,. Keep it up my friend LOL

Believe in Yourself

As a gifted listener, coach and friend, one of the best gifts my warm-hearted Italian padre has given me is the courage to believe in myself no matter what. He taught me that "you have to see the invisible to do the impossible." Don't wait for life to happen to you — it's up to you to go out there and make your dreams a reality. -Megan Bello

    jackpotismine's avatar - kanji for_peace.jpg
    Member #57910
    January 23, 2008
    3626 Posts
    Posted: January 8, 2009, 2:12 am - IP Logged

    I think this is great! I think other people are just jealous that he keeps winning.He does spend quite a bit on the games. More power to him.

    Play to win!

      ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
      United States
      Member #56506
      November 21, 2007
      6537 Posts
      Posted: January 8, 2009, 2:16 am - IP Logged

      I agree. I think there may be a bit of jealousy going on, since he wins a lot. It also sounds like he spends a lot of money to get those wins.

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

        Icezkube's avatar - icezkube Avatar.jpg
        Bay Area 510 , California
        United States
        Member #64283
        August 23, 2008
        194 Posts
        Posted: January 8, 2009, 3:13 am - IP Logged

        Hahaha the lottery cant do nothing to him, he won those fair and square.  :) Though his system dont sound all that good lol

        Anything is yours, if you only want it hard enough. Just think of it. ANYTHING. Try IT. You will succeed.Wink

          Bondi Junction
          Member #57242
          December 24, 2007
          1102 Posts
          Posted: January 8, 2009, 4:58 am - IP Logged

          Why is he being dragged through the mud? He has not been accused of anything, never mind charged or convicted. The lottery should not have revealed his identity until it had some evidence of wrong-doing. If someone is involved in fraud they should be investigated and if there is evidence, they should be charged, and if convicted, punished.


          Just because someone wins a lot it does not mean he is doing something wrong. Innocent unlit proven guilty. I hope he sues the lottery for defamation and wins!

            1977's avatar - flower2
            st. pete
            United States
            Member #6680
            September 3, 2004
            1227 Posts
            Posted: January 8, 2009, 6:21 am - IP Logged

            Colorado Lottery should have look at it privately instead of blasting the man name all  over the country. Really,sound like some haters at the Colorado Lottery  office.

              jarasan's avatar - new patrick.gif
              United States
              Member #44103
              July 30, 2006
              5587 Posts
              Posted: January 8, 2009, 7:35 am - IP Logged

              Joe the Lottery winner.

                mymonthlypicks's avatar - spider
                Virginia Beach,Va
                United States
                Member #65378
                September 25, 2008
                1180 Posts
                Posted: January 8, 2009, 7:50 am - IP Logged

                Hahaha the lottery cant do nothing to him, he won those fair and square.  :) Though his system dont sound all that good lol

                If you have a system and WIN more then you spend Then its a good System. How many People do you know can say they win more then they spend. DO YOU

                If OBAMA'S The ANSWER

                How STUPID was the QUESTION?

                  time*treat's avatar - radar

                  United States
                  Member #13130
                  March 30, 2005
                  2171 Posts
                  Posted: January 8, 2009, 8:20 am - IP Logged

                  "The Colorado Lottery investigated when other lottery players complained..."  (emphasis, mine)

                  Keep "other players" out of your business.

                  No word yet on why other players are such losers (take that how you wish).

                  In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
                  Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.

                    konane's avatar - wallace
                    Atlanta, GA
                    United States
                    Member #1265
                    March 13, 2003
                    3351 Posts
                    Posted: January 8, 2009, 8:56 am - IP Logged

                    Colorado Cash 5 and Lotto both are 'Draw Method: Computer Random Number Generator.'



                    Hats off Mr. Krupa you're beating 'em at their own behind closed doors game!!!!!  Keep up the good work!!!!  Party  Party Party

                    Good luck to everyone!

                      Jake's avatar - animal bird.jpg

                      United States
                      Member #2217
                      September 1, 2003
                      985 Posts
                      Posted: January 8, 2009, 9:07 am - IP Logged

                          Casinos do this all the time - they do not have to have a reason to kick you out but winning more than you lose consistently is probably in the top 3 reasons players are blacklisted.   If I was this player and his family, I'd be looking for the best attorney out there.   What I love is the self-serving justification - they are investigating a man who could not possibly have a system to beat the system but he deserves to be investigated- isn't there an oxymoron in there somewhere?

                              There are people who win frequently for any number of reasons.  This should serve as fair warning to all of us who play to win - the lotteries we play have virtually unlimited money to make us the posterchild for 'this person wins a lot so he/she must be doing something illegal."  Every transaction is recorded, many videotaped.   Having multiple wins, especially on a single drawing, can be a nightmare if you don't think it out ahead of time - ways to cash the tickets discretely, not all at same place, same time, same person, etc.  If you have multiple less than taxable wins, they all add up to a big taxable win.  Yes they do.    Think because the next news story here on LP may have your face plastered all over it.

                               You gotta find some humor in this though.   I'd love to see their faces if they knew what I know about the 'ability' to know what's going to fall before it does.  Makes me want to move to CO.

                        Los Angeles CA
                        United States
                        Member #55727
                        October 16, 2007
                        195 Posts
                        Posted: January 8, 2009, 9:11 am - IP Logged

                        "Krupa says he searches for "winning numbers" on the Internet, thenfills out thousands of playing tickets by hand. Store clerks say Krupahas been known to buy thousands of dollars worth of tickets a week."

                        Wonder if he stops by LP?


                        "My dollar buys hope, what does yours do?" 

                          RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
                          United States
                          Member #9
                          March 24, 2001
                          19901 Posts
                          Posted: January 8, 2009, 10:42 am - IP Logged

                          Colorado also has the PowerBall, maybe one day we'll read about Tadeusz Krupa winning it several times.  Now that would really get a lot of people attention,especially with the new odds.

                           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                                       Evil Looking       

                            Kidzmom's avatar - cold
                            United States
                            Member #11741
                            February 23, 2005
                            1233 Posts
                            Posted: January 8, 2009, 10:42 am - IP Logged

                            This just goes to show you that with a lot of patience and some luck that anything can be accomplished! Congratulations to him and his family.

                            Be kind to a stranger because you never know when you are talking to an angel.Blue Angel