Durango Woman One Of Two $853,000 Powerball Winners

Pueblo (AP) The Colorado Lottery says two Colorado residents matched five numbers, but not the powerball in Wednesday night's record Powerball drawing. That means prizes of about $853,500 dollars for each of them.

Only one has been publicly identified. she's 35–year–old Andrea McCarthy of Durango, who says she couldn't stop crying Thursday morning after realizing she'd matched five numbers. She says she and her husband chartered a plane to fly to Pueblo to claim their winnings.

Usually, matching all five of the numbers drawn, but not the Powerball, means a prize of $200,000, but because the jackpot soared to $340 million, the prize level went up.

McCarthy's husband Tim, a truck driver, says the couple is
buying a house and the money will come in handy. Andrea says she might build a horse arena so she can spend more time riding.

After tax withholding, she takes home a check for about $606,000.

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