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Colorado State Lottery loser wins 2016 Jeep in 'Second Chance Draw'

By Ben Hooper
David Mark Lewallen won a 2016 Jeep Renegade in the Colorado State Lottery's Second Chance Draw at the Colorado State Fair. Screenshot: The Pueblo Chieftain/YouTube
David Mark Lewallen won a 2016 Jeep Renegade in the Colorado State Lottery's Second Chance Draw at the Colorado State Fair. Screenshot: The Pueblo Chieftain/YouTube

PUEBLO, Colo., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A Colorado man who entered his losing lottery tickets into a Second Chance Draw at the Colorado State Fair went home with a 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.

The Colorado State Lottery, which held daily drawings at the fair in Pueblo, held its grand prize drawing Monday night, the last of the fair, and pulled a losing lottery ticket submitted by David Mark Lewallen of Thornton.

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Lewallen said playing the state lottery is his only vice.

"I spend my monthly lotto, my minimum tickets and I save them every year. That's my vice. That's my fun," Lewallen told The Pueblo Chieftain. "I am very excited. Very excited."

"I love the Colorado Lottery. It helps with education. My wife's a teacher librarian. It helps with things like parks and recreation. I support it wholly. Just don't make it a gambling addiction," he said.

Lewallen said the yellow Jeep fits well with his business' color scheme.

"I am a realtor. I'm with Metro Brokers, which is yellow, black and red. I might put some pinstripes on it and advertise my business with it," Lewallen said. "I go skiing a lot, too. It would be perfect. My car is 13 years old, my Explorer. So it's time for a new one."

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Colorado Lottery director Laura Solano thanked participants for playing the lottery.

"The proceeds go to some incredible opportunities in the state," she said. "This bin is just so full. Lots of people have been out here and participated. Our winner is just so excited to take the Jeep Renegade home this year. There will be something fun and special next at year's celebration."

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