Record Jackpot Generates More Proceeds to Conservation and Outdoors
DENVER – Many Coloradans were winners, even without hitting the record Powerball jackpot on Saturday, Feb. 18. Earning cash prizes that ranged from $3 to $40,000, a total of 124,850 players won cash prizes that tallied up to $1,243,333.
In Colorado, the largest jackpot in Powerball history generated nearly $10 million in sales during the week of February 12, which in turn means more funds for outdoors projects in communities across the state
“About 40 percent of each dollar spent on Powerball is returned to our proceeds recipients,” said Peggy Gordon, director of the Colorado Lottery. “These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.”
In 2005, the Colorado Lottery provided more than $113.7 million for three primary funds: Great Outdoors Colorado, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks.
Examples of projects, funded by Colorado Lottery programs, are environmental education at Great Sand Dunes in Alamosa County; Pagosa Area Trails Project in Archuleta County, Thomas Reservoir Enhancements in Boulder County; Medicine Arrow Park in Cheyenne County; Hotchkiss Riparian Park in Delta County; and Urban Wildlife Conservation Education Center in Denver County.
Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Scratch, Lotto, Powerball, and Cash 5 – stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.6 billion has been returned to the state.