COLORADO LOTTERY GETS A $2 MILLION PIECE OF POWERBALL PIE

COLORADO LOTTERY GETS A $2 MILLION PIECE OF POWERBALL PIE

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DENVER, November 29, 2012 – A ticket worth $2 million in last night’s Powerball drawing was sold at Diamond Shamrock at 12300 W. 44thAve. in Wheat Ridge, Colo. The ticket matched 5 of 5 numbers with the Power Play option making the ticket worth $2 million.

In addition there were four tickets sold in Colorado worth $40,000 and two worth $10,000.  As well as thousands of tickets sold worth $4 to $200.

Total sales in Colorado for the historic Powerball drawing were $12.63 million from Sunday, Nov. 25 through Wednesday, Nov. 28. Total Powerball sales in Colorado for Wednesday alone were $8.38 million. Average weekly Powerball sales in Colorado are approximately $1.5 million.

The highest jackpot in U.S. history was a $656 Mega Millions jackpot on March 30, 2012. Previously, the highest Powerball jackpot ever was $365 million in 2006.  This historic prize is the result of 15 consecutive draws without a winner. The run started as a $40 million prize on October 6, 2012.

Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:59 p.m. MST. To get in on the action players should get their tickets by 7:30 p.m. MST. Powerball is a multi-state game with a starting jackpot of $40 million and other prizes ranging from $4 up to $2 million. To play, consumers choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one Powerball number from 1 to 35. Players that match five numbers and the Powerball win the jackpot. Players can also opt to spend an extra $1 for a Power Play option, which gives players a chance to win $2 million on the match 5 prize and increases the lower-tier prize amounts.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Mega Millions, Cash 5, Scratch, Lotto, Raffle and Powerball - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2.4 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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November 29, 2012
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