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Colorado man wins $5.75 million Lucky for Life top prize

Aug 26, 2021, 11:36 am

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It's the state's first top prize win in the multi-state game

By Kate Northrop

FLORENCE, Colo. — Colorado just had its very first top prize winner in the Lucky for Life multi-state game, who scooped up the $5.75 million cash option jackpot this week.

Richard O. did not think twice about claiming his prize after winning $1,000 a day for life in the Lucky for Life drawing on Fri., Aug. 20, 2021. On Monday morning he claimed his prize as a lump sum and has plans to put the prize money to good use.

The lucky winner and his wife own the Green Parrot Lounge in Florence and will play the lottery at the bar in their free time. However, Richard is no rookie — he's been playing since the Colorado Lottery's inception in 1983.

On Saturday, the couple came into work and were greeted by the bar manager, who made a quip about whether it was them who had won the top prize. After all, the Lottery had informed the manager that the big winning ticket was sold at their establishment.

Wondering how many Lucky for Life tickets they had sold for Friday night's drawing, the couple immediately looked at each other, and went to checking their numbers.

Richard had matched all six winning numbers on Friday night, which were 8, 24, 36, 39, 45, and Lucky Ball 6.

The lucky couple, who have been happily married for 53 years, told the Lottery that they are in the market for a new single-level home since Richard's wife suffers from multiple sclerosis.

While the Lottery is celebrating its first Lucky for Life top prize win, the winners are just as proud to be residents of the Centennial State. They love everything about Colorado and have been attending the State Fair on their anniversary every they've been married except for one year when he was serving in the military, Richard said.

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Simpsonville
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Different rules for different states.   Here in KY employees cannot purchase tickets where they work...but who is to know unless you win big?

 

Congratulations on this story.  Look @ this California lottery...claimed the very next work day with no problem.  Surprised they didn't need an appointment first.

May they have many more years together and should be able to find a nice home with that windfall!   Happy Wife=Happy Life!

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    Gallatin Tennesee
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    So glad Colorado allowed them to take the lump sum, instead  of forcing them to take the "for life" option. I have heard that option is not available in all states. Congrats to them both. Married for 53 years. Now even more financial security to live out their golden years.

    CheersCoolSee Ya!

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      I’m sure running a bar the last couple of years has been incredibly challenging so good for them!!

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        White Shores- California
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        I’m sure running a bar the last couple of years has been incredibly challenging so good for them!!

        " Incredibly challenging?" How so? You taking people's money & in exchange you pouring them a drink! Easy picking.

        *What's incredibly challenging would be listening to one of your customer's complaining that after 20 years of marriage, the wife left him for Juan the gardener.

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        * The Truth Hurts *

        People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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          Simpsonville
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          " Incredibly challenging?" How so? You taking people's money & in exchange you pouring them a drink! Easy picking.

          *What's incredibly challenging would be listening to one of your customer's complaining that after 20 years of marriage, the wife left him for Juan the gardener.

          Maybe he was referring to when everything was closed down during pandemic #1...looks like #2 is approaching...