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Powerball Winner in Colorado Plans to 'Have Fun' With $90M Jackpot

By    |   Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 10:24 AM

Powerball winner Claude "Al" G. from Rifle, Colorado, is on a roll, celebrating his birthday, 33rd wedding anniversary, and $90 million lottery ticket cash-in all in one week.

"I've been waking up since Sunday thinking this isn't real," he told KKTV.

According to NBC affiliate KUSA, on the morning Al informed his boss at a local towing company he was a made man, his boss responded, "OK, he's not coming in."

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Asked if he would retire, however, he said "Probably not; still going to need to do something to keep from going completely crazy." He also said he and his family would likely continue living in Rifle.

Al picked up his oversized check on Wednesday afternoon in Grand Junction along with his wife, Jackie, and mother, Marie. He said they would definitely "have fun" with the money, and likely go on vacation.

He said the winning ticket was a randomized quick pick. He and his wife saw on television that a winner had been identified in their hometown, and upon checking their ticket discovered it was them. He said word of the winning ticket spread quickly in the small western town, and they locked it away for several days before cashing it in.

Al and Jackie have not decided whether they will take the lump sum of the winnings or the incremental payout. Lottery officials said a lump sum payout would total $54,878,048.

The Kum and Go convenience store in Rifle that sold the ticket will receive a $50,000 payout.

Until now, the largest Powerball jackpot won in Colorado was $27 million, won by a Boulder resident in 1992.



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Powerball winner Claude "Al" G. from Rifle, Colorado, is on a roll, celebrating his birthday, 33rd wedding anniversary, and $90 million lottery ticket cash-in all in one week.
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