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Homeless man wins $50,000 Colorado Lottery scratch-off prize

Mar 4, 2017, 12:33 pm

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By Todd Northrop

DENVER, Colo. — A Kentucky native who fell on hard times in Colorado recently had a change of fortune when he won $50,000 in the state's lottery.

Colorado Lottery officials say Adam H. claimed the jackpot from the Poker Celebration game on Feb. 23. He'll receive $35,500 after taxes are withheld.

Colorado state law allows lottery winners to be identified by first name and last initial to provide partial protection of a winner's identity.

Adam H. was living at the Denver Rescue Mission when he bought the Poker Celebration scratch off ticket. The odds of winning were 1 in 520,000.

The lucky winner told lottery officials that he is going to use the prize money to move back to Kentucky so he can be with his daughter.

Poker Celebration is a $3 scratch game, and Adam claimed the game's last available top prize of $50,000.

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Posted: March 4, 2017, 12:44 pm - IP Logged
  1. Good story for 2017

Money coming my way*Law of attraction*

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    Posted: March 4, 2017, 1:10 pm - IP Logged


    A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

    Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

    Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

      Morristown, NJ
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      Posted: March 4, 2017, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

      Good for you, Adam!  Surprised it wasn't a 20 something hedge-fund manager.

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        Fresno, California
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        Posted: March 4, 2017, 1:59 pm - IP Logged

        Congratulations Adam H. !!! Moving back to Kentucky to be with his child is a smart decision. Adam H.'s money will last a bit longer than it would in Denver, Colorado.

         The Denver Rescue Mission should be praised as a good safety net. When Americans fall onto hard times they will need help to get back up. 

         Keep playing because you never know!

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          Posted: March 4, 2017, 2:36 pm - IP Logged



          *If you live in IL and want legal regulated online poker... Click on me
          How much money could Illinois make from regulated iGaming? Click on me

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            Posted: March 4, 2017, 5:02 pm - IP Logged

            Congrats Smile

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              Posted: March 4, 2017, 5:24 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats Smile



              I was prejudiced I suppose, thought it was an old codger that won.  Nice pleasant surprise and good for him.

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                Posted: March 4, 2017, 5:44 pm - IP Logged

                This is an extremely nice story .Just take a hard look at Adam's face and you can see someone who's ship finally came in. Congrats Adam - you did it! Big Smile

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                  Posted: March 4, 2017, 6:23 pm - IP Logged

                  The man was down on his luck and destiny turn it in his favor ...wow nice!!0

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                    Posted: March 4, 2017, 6:52 pm - IP Logged


                    ..  ...right on time..


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                      Posted: March 4, 2017, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

                      Congrats Adam.  Congrats to Denver to at least keeping his last name private altho Adam probably should have taken a smiley face in place of his own or NO picture.

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                        Posted: March 4, 2017, 7:18 pm - IP Logged

                        I wonder where he got the money to buy the winning ticket? He certainly looks healthy enough to support a job of some sort.Let's hope he turns his life around.

                        Money is a terrible master, but a great servant...Smile

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                          Posted: March 4, 2017, 7:46 pm - IP Logged


                          Good job Adam H.  I know you'll have a nice little gift for your daughter.
                          May fortune continue to follow you around, from here, on.

                          OK, I have to go now, "and count my pennies".

                          OK, everyone: for tonight's PB, good luck!




                          ("i have to go now, and count my pennies"?)

                          • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                          • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                          • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                                     (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
                          • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
                            frontenac, kansas
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                            Posted: March 4, 2017, 8:05 pm - IP Logged

                            I wonder where he got the money to buy the winning ticket? He certainly looks healthy enough to support a job of some sort.Let's hope he turns his life around.

                            My same sentiments.... being homeless, but spent prolly his last 3 bucks to buy a lottery ticket. 


                            So i am in agreement with you, i hope he does turn his life around....he look young enough to work....and why did he leave his daughter in first place.  sometimes things just dont make sense.  but since he  has won i hope he spends it wisely and finds a good job to support his daughter.