Do you play the lottery? If so, do you play the same set of “lucky” numbers every time, figuring that eventually, they have to hit?
That was the approach of Colorado Lottery player known as “Joe B” for 30 years. If you’re looking for some anecdotal reinforcement of the strategy, you’ll be glad to hear that it worked for Joe B. — not once, but twice!
Two tickets lead to two jackpots for lucky CO Lotto player
Earlier this week Colorado Lottery officials revealed Joe B. indeed won two $1 million Powerball jackpots in the same day.
As he explained, the Pueblo, CO resident was playing the same numbers he had played for three decades when, on March 25, he purchased one Powerball ticket in the morning at a 7-Eleven. He then bought a second ticket in the afternoon from a Loaf ‘N Jug store located about a mile away.
On Monday the double-winner finally came forward to collect his two $1 million prizes. Lottery officials asked him what he and his wife planned to do with the money. Joe replied, “the Boss has plans for it.”
Winner collected prize via newly approved touch-free drive-thru
Joe picked his usual numbers, and this time during the Wednesday night drawing at around 9 p.m., the first five — 5-9-27-39-42 — all came up among the five white balls to earn him two $1 million payouts.
Joe claimed his winnings via a newly-instituted method introduced since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced many businesses, including lotteries, to change how they operate.
In early April the Colorado Lottery started processing winning tickets worth $10,000 or more at new, contactless drive-thru claims offices. To use these winners must make an appointment beforehand. They may also claim prizes via the mail.
The first double $1 million Powerball winner in CO history
According to CNN, winning the lottery twice in a single drawing has happened before. In once instance, a woman in Virginia in 2012 accidentally bought two Powerball tickets with the same numbers, and like Joe, she won two $1 million prizes when her first five numbers were drawn.
However, nothing quite like it has happened in Colorado before, at least not in the Powerball. According to Colorado Lottery Communications Manager Meghan Dougherty, players of the Cash 5 and Pick 3 games have won multiple times at once. However, none of those prizes were for more than $20,000.
Colorado first introduced the lottery in 1983. In 2001, the state joined the Multi-State Lottery Association and began offering Powerball. The largest Powerball prize ever won in Colorado was $133.2 million in September 2017.