$7.8 Million – Biggest Lotto Jackpot in Three Years

DENVER – How special do you feel? One in 5,245,786 special? That’s the probability of hitting the Colorado Lottery Lotto jackpot of $7.8 million on Saturday night. This is the highest jackpot since February 2004, when it reached $8.5 million.

It was last hit when a Fort Collins player matched all six numbers in the March 17, 2007, drawing. As the 317th Lotto winner, Bettina Cribari won $6.9 million.

Considered by many players to be Colorado’s game, Lotto gives players the option to pick their own numbers, have the computer pick the numbers or a combination of both. Of the 317 jackpot winners, 96 percent of them have been from Colorado.

“Having talked to many winners, it’s wonderful to see the amazing opportunities that open up when they win a staggering windfall like this,” said Peggy Gordon, director of the Colorado Lottery. “It’s exciting to see the jackpot get this high and to anticipate that we will create a multi-million dollar winner in just an instant.”

Lotto drawings are held twice a week, each Wednesday and Saturday, in Pueblo. The winning numbers are selected using an automated drawing machine, which randomly generates the winning numbers.

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. In 2006, more than $120 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.8 billion has been returned to the state. 

The Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: Great Outdoors Colorado, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.

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June 29, 2007
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