Triple Threat: Scratch and Cash 5 Slammin’, Lotto Rebounds
DENVER – The Colorado Lottery had three of its four games end the fiscal year with stellar sales. Scratch and Cash 5 had their best sales ever while Lotto bounced back with its largest increase in seven years. Slightly lower than last year, Powerball still had its second best sales year in history.
Overall sales for the Lottery were $455.9 million in fiscal year 2007, down slightly from the previous year’s $468.8 million in sales.
Continuing to shatter records, Scratch sales were $297.1 million, which is not only the best year to date but also the fourth consecutive record-breaking year. Scratch games also had the highest total weekly sales in history the week of May 6, with $7.2 million.
Cash 5 had its best year since the game launched in 1996, with $17.4 million in sales, compared to $16.9 million the previous year. And, Lotto had its best sales year since 2000. With $39.8 million, the game was up from $38.3 million in sales during fiscal year 2006.
“Coloradans are sending a clear message that they love the Lottery and how the money benefits every county in the state,” said Peggy Gordon, director of the Lottery. “Seeing our traditional Cash 5 and Lotto games as well as our innovative Scratch games do so well is a great way to start the next fiscal year. It’s a testament to how hard we’ve worked to create a dynamic product mix to keep our players entertained and excited.”
Powerball had its second highest fiscal year since the game was introduced in 2001. Sales totaled $101.5 million, down compared to $119.7 million in fiscal year 2006. The decreased sales are attributed to six months without an inspiring jackpot of $100 million or more and two record jackpot amounts that boosted sales in fiscal year 2006. With 14 Powerball jackpot wins last year, jackpots averaged $95.5 million.
Other fiscal year highlights:
- Lotto saw six jackpot hits that averaged $3.9 million.
- Cash 5 had 80 jackpot winners, five more than the previous year. That averages to more than one jackpot hit every week.
- The Lottery will return more than $117 million to Colorado.
Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games - Scratch, Lotto, Powerball and Cash 5 - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life. Since the Lottery started in 1983, more than $1.9 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.