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Gazette Premium Content $2 million winning lottery ticket sold in El Paso County

By Daniel Chacon Published: August 8, 2013

A tiny town on the plains of eastern El Paso County could be home to a new multi-millionaire.

A $2 million winning lottery ticket was sold in Ellicott at Fuel B's, a family-owned convenience store with gas service. It was one of two winning lottery tickets sold in Colorado, each worth $2 million.

"The tickets matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball and because they spent the extra dollar to get the Power Play option, that increased their prize to $2 million dollars," said Heather Black, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Lottery. "If they would've just matched five of five with no Power Play, they would've just won $1 million."

Marna Booker, who owns the Ellicott convenience store with her husband of 42 years, David, said she was at another store picking up supplies when she got the news.

"We were dancing in the aisles and got goose bumps," she said. "I started to cry."

The winner has not come forward, and Booker said "God only knows" who won because her store caters to a variety of customers.

"We do have people working on our new middle school out here, building our new middle school, so it could be them. It could be people that are traveling. It could be locals that buy them frequently," she said. "That's my hope, that someone who is truly in need is the winner."

It's not the first time the store has sold a winning lottery ticket. Until now, the biggest prize was a $5,000 winning ticket sold in 2004, Booker said.

"The Colorado Lottery gives you like a check, a cardboard check that you can hang up in your facility," she said. "We'll be able to get hang up a $2 million check now. It's going to make the $5,000 one look pretty small."

Booker won't walk away empty-handed. Her store and the other store that sold a $2 million winning ticket, East Valley Liquors in Clifton, will pocket $3,000 each.

"There are no plans for it yet. I'm looking at our lot thinking we need asphalt overlay, but I don't know. I need to get an estimate for that," she said.

Booker also wants to reward her employees, who will have a say in where the money will go.

"We may look at contributing to our Care and Share out here. There's a community center out here. I mean, there's just not enough to spread around to do it all, but I would like to have everyone's input. It's not just me," she said.

Booker said she's anxious to find out who won the money.

"I want to be able to protect them," she said. "I know they're going to gain a lot of friends and probably lost relatives."

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Contact Daniel J. Chacon 476-1623.

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