Powerball Jackpot Reaches Record $365 Million

DENVER – There are 365 million reasons Coloradans are playing Powerball this week. The jackpot is a record $365 million – the largest U.S. jackpot ever. With a record jackpot, the Colorado Lottery is seeing a significant increase in sales.


From Sunday, Feb. 12, through the end of the night on Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Lottery sold more than $3.8 million in Powerball tickets. Compare that to $1.3 million the week of November 11, when the jackpot was $25 million.


Although Colorado has yet to have a Powerball jackpot winner, 77,299 players won a prize in the Wednesday, Feb. 15 drawing. The prizes ranged from $3 to $10,000. These winners matched at least the Powerball or a combination of the numbers.


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 $140 million.  



February 17, 2006
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