Colorado Truck Driver Wins $90 Million Powerball JackpotPublished August 20, 2014 by Amir G
A $90 million jackpot win in Colorado shows the relevance of US lotteries and their need to pick up the online lottery ticket trend to relight interest among young people.
Claude G. from Rifle, Colorado, found himself waking up last Sunday morning from the noise his wife made when she was screaming "Oh my God!" repeatedly. The wife Jackie had a very good reason to do so, as she just found out her husband's Powerball lottery ticket won a $90 million jackpot.
Largest Powerball Jackpot in Colorado
A tow truck driver by profession, Claude said he thought he was dreaming when he realized that he had scooped the biggest jackpot ever won in Colorado's lottery history. Claude purchased the winning ticket at a Kum & Go convenience store in the small city of Rifle; he regularly purchases tickets to the two Powerball draws taking place weekly using the quick-pick option, and this time was no different. The winning numbers were 3, 12, 31, 34, 51 and the Powerball 24.
Powerball Ticket Sales go down
The $90 million jackpot comes in a trying time for the Powerball which reported that the lottery's ticket sales hit their lowest mark since the price for a single ticket was raised from $1 to $2 in January 2012. This info is tied with recent statistics made public by the US lottery showing that Americans aged between 24 and 34 are less likely to take part in draws.
Online Lottery Might Change Picture
One of the main reasons attributed to this loss of interest is the lack of a solid online lottery ticket purchasing infrastructure. In Europe and especially the UK, lottery is very popular with young people who mostly purchase their tickets online. Europeans even take part in US lotteries using online agents the likes of TheLotter and Ice Lotto. If only online lottery tickets pick up in the US, we could be seeing many more jackpot winners like the lucky Colorado tow truck driver.