Steamboat briefs: Powerball winner still hasn’t claimed prize

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— The owner of a winning $200,000 Powerball ticket sold two weeks ago in Steamboat Springs has yet to come forward to claim his or her prize.

Colorado Lottery officials confirmed Friday that no one has turned in the ticket, which was sold at the Safeway grocery story in Steamboat in late October. The ticket matched five of the six Powerball numbers from the Oct. 21 drawing. Those numbers were 6, 16, 34 and 51, and the Powerball number was 4.

The winner has until April 19 to claim the $200,000 prize.

Other Steamboat lottery players also have fared well in recent weeks. Steamboat resident Robert Weese won $1,000 last week playing the $18,000,000 Money Machine scratch game, and Steamboat resident Terrence Coghlan won $5,000 last week, also playing the $18,000,000 Money Machine game. Both tickets were sold at the Sinclair gas station on Mount Werner Road. Tickets for the game cost $20, and Colorado Lottery spokeswoman Erika Gonzalez says it’s currently the game with the highest odds of winning.

When contacted by phone Friday, Weese said he only occasionally plays lottery games, but he was nonetheless excited about his win. He said he’ll probably spend his winnings on bills.

The listed phone number for Coghlan was disconnected.

Copper Mountain resort opens for 2009-10 season

Copper Mountain ski resort opened for the 2009-10 season Friday, meaning Steamboat Springs residents with Rocky Mountain Ultimate passes can get in some turns before Steamboat Ski Area fires up its lifts for the Nov. 25 Scholarship Day. Copper reported an 18-inch mid-mountain base Friday with three lifts servicing four trails and 60 acres of skiable terrain. Open terrain includes the Main Vein, Rhapsody and Ptarmigan trails, and the Eagle Jib Park. The Easy Rider lift and associated beginners learning area also is open, according to a new release from Copper.

Copper is celebrating its opening weekend with Lift Off, a three-day event featuring live music, ski and snowboard movies, equipment demos, prizes and après ski specials.

Free sign language class begins Nov. 17 in Craig

A free sign language class for adults starts Nov. 17 in Craig. The class is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. It will last eight to 10 weeks. Participants can buy books at Colorado Northwestern Community College and online. For information, call 824-2547 and ask for Deena or Staci.

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