Craig resident Leo Fournier, 48, knew right away what he would do with his $418,123 in Colorado Lotto winnings.
"He said he was going to go buy roses for his wife and then go out to eat," said Erika Gonzalez, Colorado Lottery media relations specialist.
Fournier hit all six numbers in Wednesday's Lotto drawing, overcoming 1 in 5,245,786 odds.
Fournier and his wife, Pam, drove Thursday to Grand Junction to collect the winnings, almost a half million dollars won off a quick pick.
In the bigger picture, Gonzalez said Fournier plans to pay off bills and buy a house in Craig.
He told Gonzalez he has lived in Craig for about 20 years after leaving his hometown of Boston and that it had been at least two years since Fournier had left town for anything.
"He said it was long overdue," Gonzalez said.
She added that Fournier never plans to stop buying lottery tickets.
"He said, 'This is a lifesaver. I bought tickets all the way from Craig to (Grand Junction). I'll never stop,'" Gonzalez said.
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