$90M Powerball winner from Rifle claims prize in Grand Junction

RIFLE, Colo. - The winner of the largest lottery jackpot in Colorado history claimed his prize in Grand Junction on Wednesday afternoon.

Claude "Al" G., who did not give out his last name, is the winner of Saturday night's $90 million Powerball jackpot, the Denver Post reported.

He brought his wife, Jackie, and his mother, Marie, to a news conference held by lottery officials, after meeting with lawyers Wednesday morning.

Al, who drove a tow truck for a living in Rifle before his windfall, said his family's most immediate plan for the money is to take a big vacation.

If he chooses the lump sum, he'll get a check for about $54,878,048.78, lottery officials said.

However, Al said he has not made a decision on the payout yet.

The winning quick-pick ticket was purchased at a Kum & Go convenience store in Rifle along Interstate 70. Saturday's $90 million jackpot numbers were 3, 12, 31, 34, 51 and the Powerball was 24.

-- Previous big winners --

Before this, the largest Powerball jackpot won in Colorado was $20 million in 2007. It was claimed by two couples under the name of SEEP Financial. The winners were originally from Poland and legally immigrated to the United States from Germany. They had lived in Colorado for five years before they won Powerball.

The largest jackpot in Colorado Lottery history was $27 million won in the state lotto by Kim Walker, of Boulder, in 1992. She moved to Steamboat Springs and has devoted much of her time to teaching youths how to figure skate.

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