MEGA MILLIONS FEVER TO BENEFIT COLORADO

MEGA MILLIONS FEVER TO BENEFIT COLORADO

Colorado Lottery Enjoys Record $21 Million Week

DENVER, April 2, 2012– Friday night’s record breaking Mega Millions jackpot had Coloradoans rushing to convenience, liquor and grocery stores across the state to buy tickets for their chance at $640 million! After it was all said and done the Colorado Lottery sold $11.4 million in Mega Millions tickets and more than $21 million across all games during the epic Mega Millions run from March 25 to March 31.

Proceeds from Mega Millions sales stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. Last week’s Mega Millions sales alone will return approximately $3.44 million to Lottery proceeds recipients. Proceeds are distributed through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to provide funding for parks and recreation, precious open space and wildlife protection.  

Colorado also sold 197,305 winning Mega Millions tickets in Friday’s drawing from $2 winners to a $1 million winner! A ticket sold at the 7-Eleven located at 4040 E. 8th Ave. in Denver matched five numbers with the “Megaplier” option – making the ticket worth $1 million! The store will receive a $3,000 selling bonus. Another ticket sold at 7-Eleven at 6802 S. Yosemite St. in Centennial also matched five numbers without the Megaplier for $250,000 – this store will receive a $2,000 selling bonus.

The Colorado Lottery began selling Mega Millions tickets in May 2010. Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9 p.m. MDT. Mega Millions has a starting jackpot of $12 million and other prizes ranging from $2 to $250,000. To play, consumers choose five numbers from 1 to 56 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 46. Players that match the five numbers and the Mega Ball win the jackpot. Players can also opt to spend an extra $1 for a “Megaplier” option that will multiply their non-jackpot prizes by two, three or four times, which would make a $250,000 prize an even $1 million.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – MatchPlay, Mega Millions, Cash 5, Scratch, Lotto and Powerball - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2.3 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. For more information, visit www.coloradolottery.com.    

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April 2, 2012
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