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Todd Helton was buying lottery tickets when arrested on DUI charge

February 08, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • If you have an extra lottery ticket, please let Todd Helton know.
If you have an extra lottery ticket, please let Todd Helton know. (Dilip Vishwanat / Getty…)

Colorado Rockies superstar Todd Helton, who has made $156 million in his career, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Wednesday near Denver. And what was so pressing that the first baseman needed to be allegedly driving while drunk? He went to a gas station to buy lottery tickets.

That is, according to the official report filed by Thornton, Colo., police.

According to the report, cops tracked down the all-star first baseman after receiving a tip that his car had struck the center divider in the street before turning into the gas station. According to the report, when police arrived they saw Helton stumbling out of the gas station with his just-bought lottery tickets.

Helton then allegedly told police that he drank about two two cups of red wine.

Helton released the following statement on Thursday:

"Last evening, I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously. My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard. I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness."

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