Lotto Jackpot Grows to $8.8 Million; And Players Felt Lucky on 07-07-07
DENVER – It’s the highest jackpot since November 16, 2002, when a player won $9.5 million. At $8.8 million, the Colorado Lottery Lotto jackpot is significantly higher than the $3.9 million it averaged in 2006, and players have noticed. They’re hoping their luck will beat the one in 5,245,786 probability of winning the jackpot.
But, the question remains: do players think 7/11/07 is as lucky as 7/07/07? Last Saturday, the Lottery’s ticket sales saw a jump with players feeling extra lucky. Sales of Lotto, Cash 5 and Powerball tickets totaled $1,252,093 on that day alone, up 58.6 percent from the previous Saturday sales. On June 30, sales of those games totaled $789,024.
“The higher sales could have been attributed to the unique day, the high Lotto jackpot, or a combination of both,” said Peggy Gordon, director of the Lottery. “Whatever the reason, we can tell that players were testing their luck.”
And just how lucky was 07/07/07 for Colorado players?
- $466,619 in sales
- 79,231 lines had ‘7’ in them
- 21,263 winners overall
- $77,277 in sales
- 15,506 lines had ‘7’ in them
- 16,148 winners overall
- $708,197 in sales
- 71,488 lines had ‘7’ in the first five numbers or the Powerball number
- 4,609 lines had ‘7’ twice, once in the first five numbers and as the Powerball number
- 18,894 winners overall