3rd Western Slope resident wins Lotto

Western Slope residents may want to strike while the iron is hot on the Colorado Lottery, unless they think the law of averages will catch up to them.

Three Lotto winners this year hail from this side of the Rocky Mountains, with the last one being a lucky ticket bought in Palisade, which matched all six Lotto numbers in Saturday night's drawing.

The $1 purchase will net a $4.2 million jackpot for the winner, which is worth an immediate cash prize of roughly $2.1 million.

The winner had not come forward as of Monday and has until Dec. 31 to claim his or her prize.

Other Western Slope winners include a Montrose resident who won in May and Craig resident Leo Fournier, who in March took home a check for $418,123.

Fournier purchased his winning ticket for the March 4 drawing at Smoker Friendly, 40 E. Victory Way, and set off a rush of Lotto customers at the north Kum & Go when he verified his winnings two days later.

The odds of winning the Lotto jackpot are 5,245,786 to 1, however the odds of winning any prize in the drawing are 35 to 1.

Others across the state also will take home smaller prizes from Saturday's Lotto, including 16 people who matched five of six numbers for $98 each and another 790 people who matched four numbers for $42 each.

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