Steamboat Springs A winning $200,000 Powerball ticket was sold at the Safeway store in Steamboat Springs, but a winner is yet to come forward to claim his or her prize.
Colorado Lottery sent out a news release today announcing the sale of the winning ticket, which matched five of the six Powerball numbers from Wednesday's drawing. The winning numbers were 6, 16, 34, 45 and 51, and the Powerball number was 4.
"This winner just proves that lucky tickets can be found all over the state," Colorado Lottery Director Jack Boehm said in the news release. "We can't wait to meet the winner and see the excitement when we hand over the check."
Lottery officials urge the ticketholder to sign the ticket to protect against loss or theft. The winner has until April 19, 2010, to claim the prize. Because there was no jackpot winner in Wednesday's drawing, the jackpot will rise to an estimated $31 million for Saturday's Powerball drawing.
Powerball is a multistate jackpot game in which players select five numbers from a field of 59, plus one additional number - the Powerball number - from a field of 39. Powerball has a rolling jackpot that starts at $20 million and grows if no one wins the jackpot. Powerball is played in 30 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The probability of winning a $200,000 Powerball prize is 1 in 5.1 million. The probability of winning the jackpot prize is 1 in 195.2 million, according to Colorado Lottery.
In August 2008, Steamboat Springs resident Wayne Rickaby won $200,000 playing Powerball. Rickaby bought his ticket at the 7-Eleven at U.S. Highway 40 and Routt County Road 129.
In January 2007, Hayden resident Susan Bunn won $500,000 in Colorado Lottery's $35 Million Cash Spectacular, a scratch game. Bunn's winning ticket was purchased at the Kum & Go in Hayden.
Proceeds from Powerball and the Colorado Lottery's other games - Lotto, Cash 5 and Scratch - stay in Colorado and are used to fund programs to improve the quality of life in the state, according to Colorado Lottery. The lottery has provided $2 billion to Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks since 1983, the release stated. Routt County has received more than $31 million in lottery proceeds since the agency's inception.