$7.6 MILLION LOTTO JACKPOT 8TH LARGEST NATIONALLY

DENVER – The Colorado Lottery’s $7.6 million Lotto jackpot is the eighth largest lottery jackpot nationwide, ranking above Lotto jackpots offered by California and Texas. The Lotto jackpot hasn’t been hit since Feb. 27, 2010, when a Denver resident took home a $6.7 million jackpot. The cash value of the $7.6 million jackpot is $3.8 million.

“Our largest Lotto jackpot last year was $5.9 million,” noted Colorado Lottery Acting Director Tom Kitts. “Offering a jackpot that is nearly $2 million higher than that should generate plenty of excitement.”

It’s been nearly two years since the Lotto jackpot was over $7 million. Wednesday’s drawing will be the 29th in the current jackpot run.

Lotto drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at approximately 7:35 p.m.  The probability of winning the jackpot is one in 5,245,786.  The winning numbers are selected using an automated drawing machine, which randomly generates the winning numbers.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Lotto, Powerball, Cash 5, Scratch, MatchPlay and Mega Millions stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2.2 billion to the state of Colorado since it was established. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the Lottery has provided funding for new trails, precious open space and wildlife protection.

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Erika Gonzalez
PHONE 303.759.6872  | CELL 303.945.9724
erika.gonzalez@lottery.state.co.us

June 17, 2010
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