Scratch tickets fail to win jackpot for Coal Seam Fire Relief Fund |

Scratch tickets fail to win jackpot for Coal Seam Fire Relief Fund

A bundle of 300 Colorado Lottery Scratch tickets didn’t produce the jackpot for the Coal Seam Fire Relief Fund. But it could have.

“I was very disappointed we didn’t hit the big one,” said Bob Zanella, chairman of the City of Glenwood Springs Fire Relief Fund Committee. “That would have made a big difference.”

But an afternoon of scratching and wishing did add $166 to the fund, bringing the balance to about $32,000. The money comes from donations made to Mesa National Bank, WestStar Bank, Bank of Colorado, US Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank. In order to keep donations tax-deductible, accounting of the fund is being processed through the nonprofit Two Rivers Foundation, which was established to handle donations for a swimming pool at the new Community Center, said Zanella.

Relief fund committee members include Zanella, Mayor Don Vanderhoof, City Councilwoman Jean Martensen, city manager Mike Copp, former council members Marc Adler and Mary Steinbrecher, former mayor Sam Skramstad and city clerk Robin Clemons.

The committee elected to divide the money up between the applicants who were able to demonstrate a loss of $10,000 or more. Each applicant will receive about $1,200, said Zanella.

Funds were originally scheduled to be distributed this week, but more money has come into the fund as late as this week. Zanella said the committee wanted to make sure that most, if not all of the donations were in before writing checks, which he expects to happen early next week.

It was fun thinking that the fund had a chance of growing by leaps and bounds with the lottery tickets, said Zanella.

Each of the “7-11-21” tickets held the potential for a $21,000 prize, but the highest amount won was $11.

“The potential was there,” Zanella said, adding that everyone had a great time dreaming of a big win while dusting Copp’s office with debris from the tickets.

The tickets came to the fund by way of New Castle resident Roy Haycock, who won a Colorado Lottery second chance drawing at the Country Jam concert in June. When he was asked to name a charity as beneficiary for the tickets, he selected the Coal Seam Fire Relief Fund.

“We appreciate that a lot,” said Zanella. “It was a nice gesture.”

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