$6.5 million winning lottery ticket sold at Granby Kum & Go goes unclaimed
August 29, 2018
If you purchased a Colorado Lottery ticket at Granby's Kum & Go store in recent days you might want to check your numbers.
A $6.5 million winning ticket was recently sold at the convenience store and announced as a winner on Saturday, but state officials are still waiting for someone to claim the prize.
"It is not unusual," said Kelly Tabor, spokesperson for Colorado Lottery. "It has happened in the past that someone has won who does not check their tickets often. That is why we encourage people to check their tickets often. You could be a big winner."
The winning numbers from Saturday's drawing were 1, 4, 10, 31, 38 and 39. The winner has 180 days to claim their prize.
State lottery officials do not know when the winning ticket was sold, according to Tabor, only that it was sold at the Granby location. Lottery players can purchase advance-play lottery tickets up to 13 weeks before a specific drawing meaning the winner of Saturday night's jackpot could have purchased the winning ticket as far back as late May.
For selling the winning ticket, per Colorado Lottery regulations, Kum & Go's corporate entity will receive a $5,000 bonus. Corporations that receive such a bonus commissions often distribute a portion to the store or employees that sold the ticket, but are under no obligation to do so, according to Tabor.
Kum & Go declined to comment on the ticket.
The winning ticket jackpot from Saturday night's drawing totaled $6,554,244. The individual who claims the prize can choose to receive the winnings as a graduated annuity over a 25-year period or in a lump sum. If the ticket holder does choose to take the money as a lump sum up front, the individual receives 50 percent of the total jackpot, $3,277,122.
And then, of course, there's the taxes on the winnings.
According to officials from Colorado Lottery, taxes on the winnings total 29 percent, with 25 percent going to the federal government and 4 percent back to the state of Colorado.
If and when the winner does eventually claim the ticket lottery regulations prohibit jackpot winners from remaining anonymous. Tabor said winners are required to provide at least their first name, first letter of their last name and their community of residence. Winners are also encouraged by the Colorado Lottery to participate in promotional events and check award ceremonies.
Prize money for the Colorado Lottery is derived from the sale of lottery tickets. State officials said 50 percent of ticket sales go to prizes. Roughly 24 percent of ticket sales are reserved for parks and outdoor public spaces, distributed typically in the form of grants. The remaining 26 percent is divided up between administrative costs, retailer ticket sales commissions and sales bonuses for Colorado Lottery sales staff. Tabor noted that fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30, was a record sales year for the Colorado Lottery with $612 million worth of tickets sold.
The odds of winning the Colorado Lottery jackpot, as Tabor explained, are roughly one in 5.2 million. The odds of winning any prize are one in 37.
To put that into perspective, imagine you are looking for an individual in Colorado, but you don't know where they live. The odds of winning the Colorado Lottery are roughly the same as driving to a random town, down a random street, picking out a random house and finding that specific person, out of 5.6 million people.