GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Claude, or as he like to be called, Al, and Jackie G. were all smiles as they picked up their $90 million dollar check Wednesday afternoon from the lottery office in Grand Junction, Colorado.
The couple's Powerball jackpot win is an event that's brought excitement to more than just their family; they've revived the belief of Cinderella stories in Colorado.
“It’s really exciting, not only that but it puts us on the map again. It creates some excitement people will want to play and right now we've been hearing that more people have been buying Powerball tickets,” says Barbara Brohl from Colorado’s Department of Revenue.
Despite their long run of unsuccessful attempts at jackpot prizes, the couple continued their regular Wednesday and Saturday ticket purchases until they bought the biggest of all winning tickets from a convenience store off of I-70.
The couple hasn't decided whether they'll be walking away with the over $54.9 million dollar lump sum or taking the first of many $1.6 million dollar annuity payments.
The couple doesn't seem have a laundry list of lavish plans for their winnings.
When asked what they're going to do with the money, they only had one reply “…have fun.”
The winning ticket for last Saturday night's multi-state drawing was bought at a Kum & Go in Rifle, and they'll also be receiving a $50,000 dollar commission.
The winner matched the five winning numbers plus the Powerball - 3, 12, 31, 34, 51, and Powerball number 24.
Another ticket bought in Colorado also won $1 million in the Powerball drawing. The ticket was purchased in Broomfield and the winner has not come forward yet.