"I've been waking up since Sunday thinking this isn't real."
So says Al (last name withheld), who became Colorado's biggest jackpot winner after six random numbers jotted down on a whim were drawn Saturday night. Five days and $90 million later, Al and his wife Jackie still think they're dreaming.
The couple, who live in Rifle, play the lottery twice a week, every week. It's so routine, they don't always check the numbers--at least not immediately. Al became a multi-millionaire Saturday night, but didn't know until the following morning when his wife heard that the Powerball winner bought the ticket in Rifle.
"She pulled out the tickets and found out it was us and said, ‘Oh my God, oh my God; Al, oh my God.’ And I was still sleeping,” Al told sister station KCNC.
The couple came forward Wednesday when they claimed their prize in Grand Junction. They're thrilled with their incredible luck, but aren't sure how much is going to change.
"Probably not; still going to need to do something to keep from going completely crazy," Al said when asked if he was going to retire. He says he and his wife are going to remain in Rifle, and will probably use the winnings to travel.
The couple is still deciding whether to take a lump sum or payments.
Al and Jackie aren't the only ones taking home a large chunk of cash; the Kum and Go in Rifle where the winning ticket was purchased is receiving $50,000 for selling the ticket.
The Colorado Department of Revenue told sister station KKCO that the couple's Cinderella story has inspired others hoping to be the next Coloradan to strike it rich: Powerball ticket sales have been ticking up since the news broke.
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