A decade after winning a $1 million Powerball prize, a Colorado Springs woman's luck returned Friday.
The 60-year-old woman, identified only as Rebecca, won $805,329.80 - the largest jackpot in Wildwood Casino's history.
She was at the Cripple Creek casino with her father to celebrate his birthday and had been playing cards but wasn't having much luck.
"I like cards because you have a little bit more control over what you're doing," she said Monday.
She moved to the slot machines and had put about $26 into a Wheel of Fortune progressive slot machine when she won the jackpot.
"Not a bad return on my money," she said, laughing.
Rebecca said she bought her winning Powerball ticket in December 2007 at a liquor store in the Black Forest area. She used some of the money to finish her basement and invested the rest.
She said she hopes the casino jackpot money will allow her to retire early from her job at Progressive Insurance and finish paying off her house. She loves traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.
The jackpot is one of the largest in Cripple Creek history, if not the largest, a release says.
"I've been in the gaming industry in this town for 26 years and have never seen a jackpot of this size," Wildwood Gaming Director Mike Chaput said in the release. "What a fun day for all who were involved." It broke the casino's record of $678,198, set in 2011.
Rebecca said she continues to buy Powerball tickets weekly, and she and her family will return to Wildwood soon.
"I'm absolutely blessed," Rebecca said. "I'm a pretty lucky person, and I'm blessed."
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