Scratch Sales Breaks Weekly Sales Record – Again

DENVER – For the second time in three months, the Colorado Lottery has set another sales record for Scratch tickets. Last week, the Lottery sold $7,195,098 in Scratch tickets. The prior record of $7,023,308 occurred the week ending March 3, which was the first time sales surpassed the $7 million milestone.

“The year started off pretty well for Scratch and continues to get better,” said Tom Horvat, sales manager for the Colorado Lottery. “At this rate, we’ll beat our projections for the fiscal year.”

The swell in weekly ticket sales can be attributed to the launch of five new games, which included the first-ever $10 Crossword game, $250,000 Crossword Doubler. The three Crossword games on the market made up almost 30 percent of the weekly sales, totaling nearly $2 million.

“We usually have between 25 and 30 Scratch games available in the market at any one time, so for three games to have such a big share is a tribute to our loyal Crossword players,” said Horvat. “And our success wouldn’t have been possible without the dedicated retailers who sell our tickets.”

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Scratch, Lotto, Powerball and Cash 5 – stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.8 billion has been returned to the state through the Lottery’s primary proceeds recipients. These organizations provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.

Visit www.coloradolottery.com for more information about the Lottery.

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May 18, 2007
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