Parachute man waits a week with lotto ticket in his pocket, turns out to be a $1 million winner

By Ray K. Erku, The Post Independent

James Sharrar is thanking his lucky stars the first lottery ticket distributor didn’t take debit cards.

The 49-year-old Parachute resident and sheet metal fabricator is a longtime Colorado Lottery player. Earlier this month, he went to Parachute’s newly built Love’s Travel Stop to purchase his next ticket but couldn’t because he was told they don’t accept debit card payments for the lottery.

Undeterred, Sharrar went across the road to the Thunder River Market, where they did in fact accept debit cards in exchange for Powerball tickets.

There, Sharrar purchased a $10 ticket for five numbers. He put the ticket in his pocket and left it there for a week. Finally, Sharrar checked his numbers for the July 8 drawing — 2, 9, 43, 55, 57. And it was right then that the clerk began suspecting Sharrar had just won $1 million.


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