RIFLE — Theresa Daury of Rifle, a clerk at the Kum & Go convenience store in north Rifle, says she sold the winning ticket for Saturday’s $90 million Powerball jackpot — but she has no idea who bought it.
Although no one came forward Monday to claim the jackpot, the largest in Colorado history, store managers were happy to receive their $50,000 commission check from the Colorado Lottery.
Lottery officials presented the store, which sells $200-$300 worth of tickets a day, with a large likeness of a $50,000 check, along with a sign to place in the store announcing it as the seller of the $90 million ticket.
“Thank you very much. You are one lucky store,” said Kelly Tabor, spokeswoman for the lottery.
Keith Larson II, general manager of the store, said the last two days have been “wonderful.”
“It’s awesome. It’s been the best couple of days ever with all the media attention,” he said.
The winner avoided media attention on the first day it was possible to claim the prize. Whoever has the ticket has six months from the date of sale to claim the jackpot.
Lottery officials recommend that winners seek financial advice from a professional they trust before claiming the prize.
“Maybe they’re just savoring the moment,” Tabor said. But we’re all excited around here. As soon as they present the ticket, the claim center will let us know immediately.”
The winner must go to one of the four Colorado Lottery claim centers, which are in Grand Junction, Denver, Pueblo and Fort Collins, to present the signed lottery ticket.
“If a claim is over $599, they have to go to a claim center, and they’ll sit down and fill out some paperwork,” Tabor said. “They will sign a consent form saying whether or not they want us to release their name to the media and if they want to share their story. We recommend they seek financial counsel, but we do not advise people financially. We do as much as we can to help them, but we can’t step into that role.”
As part of the Open Records Act, the Colorado Lottery is required to release the person’s first name and last initial, the town in which the ticket was purchased, the amount that was won and the game that was played.
The person could choose to have a trust set up and have an attorney claim the prize on their behalf, but that would mean turning the ticket over to the lawyer. Only one person can be deemed the jackpot winner.
“So you’d really want to trust your attorney,” Tabor said.
Winners who choose the annuity payment option receive their first payment immediately, while the rest would be spread over 29 years. If the winner chooses the lump sum, he or she (or the winning group) would receive a check for $54.9 million in about three weeks.
The winning numbers for Saturday’s drawing were 3-12-31-34-51, Powerball 24. The odds of matching all the numbers for any given drawing are 1 in 175,223,510.