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Colorado man wins lottery second time

Jan 11, 2007, 3:32 pm

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Colorado Lottery

A Pueblo, Colorado, man is celebrating his second jackpot win in three years.

The winner, who has asked to remain anonymous, won $3.4 million in the December 20 Colorado Lotto drawing.

He had previously won $1.3 million in October 2003.

The first time, according to Colorado Lottery officials, the man was a week away from filing for bankruptcy.

He uttered a desperate prayer: "Lord, help me out. I want to pay my bills. I don't want to file for bankruptcy."

Within moments, he said, he heard a voice encouraging him to buy a ticket.

The man has used his initial winnings to support charities such as Feed the Children and Wayside Cross Rescue Mission in Pueblo.

He is described as a life-long Christian.

Lottery officials list the odds of winning a jackpot at 1 in 5,245,786. They say the probability of winning the jackpot twice in a lifetime is one in many, many trillion.

Only two other people have won twice since the game began in 1989.

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