$133.2 million Powerball lottery winner played same numbers for 30 years

$133.2 million Powerball lottery winner played same numbers for 30 years

By Todd Northrop

Sometimes patience does repay.

Colorado’s largest lottery jackpot winner in state historical past says she has played the same 5 numbers within the lottery each and every week, with out fail, for the previous 30 years.

On Wednesday, Grand Junction house resident Judy Finchum claimed a $133.2 million Powerball jackpot, gained within the Saturday, Sept. 16 drawing, making her the largest jackpot winner ever within the state, and simplest the 3rd Colorado participant to win a Powerball jackpot.

Judy has played the same set of numbers for 30 years — longer than the Powerball recreation has been round — and the wait in any case paid off, to the song of $133.2 million.

The six successful numbers from the September 16 drawing, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31, with Powerball quantity 24, come with birthdays of Judy’s youngsters and family members.

She held a brief press convention on Tuesday on the Lottery’s Grand Junction administrative center surrounded through her husband, Mac, and several other members of the family. When requested whether or not Judy was once retired she mentioned, “As of 6 o’clock on Sunday morning, I am!”

The retailer the place she most often buys Powerball tickets from — Lucky Me Super Store — was once awarded $50,00zero for promoting the successful price ticket.

Judy and her husband have determined to obtain the lump-sum money possibility of $66 million after taxes as an alternative of the 29-year annuity payout.

Judy is making plans to retire whilst her husband is having a look to make use of the cash to mend or exchange his pickup truck.

She and her husband mentioned they have by no means lived an extravagant way of life and haven’t any plans to switch that. They wish to assist other folks suffering from fresh hurricanes and fires within the United States, and provides again to the local people as neatly.

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Updated: September 21, 2017 — 7:33 pm

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