Powerball Jackpot Tops $200 Million
DENVER – The Powerball jackpot quickly escalated to an estimated $210 million when no one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing. Since the Colorado Lottery introduced Powerball in 2001, Colorado has yet to have a Powerball winner, but Wednesday could be the lucky day.
Even without a big winner on Saturday, 35,605 Coloradans won prizes ranging from $3 to $10,000 by matching at least the Powerball or a combination of the numbers. Many of the players chose the Power Play option, which multiplied their winnings up to four times.
Colorado Powerball players have won more than $84 million since 2001. The average Powerball jackpot is $35 million, and the record Powerball jackpot is $340 million, which was won by two couples in Oregon in October of 2005.
The proceeds from the sale of Powerball tickets are given back to communities across the state through projects such as new trails, parks, recreation facilities, wildlife projects and open spaces. Since Powerball began, the total contribution from the game to proceeds recipients has totaled more than $139 million.