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Homeless man wins $50,000 Colorado Lottery scratch-off prize

Mar 4, 2017, 12:33 pm

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Colorado Lottery

By Todd Northrop

A Kentucky native who fell on hard times in Colorado recently had a change of fortune when he won $50,000 in the state's lottery.

Colorado Lottery officials say Adam H. claimed the jackpot from the Poker Celebration game on Feb. 23. He'll receive $35,500 after taxes are withheld.

Colorado state law allows lottery winners to be identified by first name and last initial to provide partial protection of a winner's identity.

Adam H. was living at the Denver Rescue Mission when he bought the Poker Celebration scratch off ticket. The odds of winning were 1 in 520,000.

The lucky winner told lottery officials that he is going to use the prize money to move back to Kentucky so he can be with his daughter.

Poker Celebration is a $3 scratch game, and Adam claimed the game's last available top prize of $50,000.

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