Cash 5 turns 10
DENVER – One robust, little game is Joseph Davis’ favorite. Ten years ago this month, when the Colorado Lottery launched Cash 5, the Colorado Springs resident was one of the first customers to buy a ticket.
After reading about it in the newspaper, Davis wanted to test his chances on a game that offered a lower jackpot but better odds than Lotto. Ten days later, he became one of the first $20,000 Cash 5 jackpot winners.
Although he hasn’t hit the jackpot again, he has played almost every day since. “I think it’s more fun than the others because I win something almost every day. And I believe that if you don’t play, you can’t win.”
Davis is just one of the 749 Cash 5 jackpot winners. Sales of Cash 5 tickets began on Sept. 16, 1996, and the first drawing was held four days later. Here are a few highlights, with totals as of August 31, 2006:
- 749 jackpot winners
- 31 repeat jackpot winners
- $80,598,314 in total prizes awarded
- $144,821,243 in sales
- More than 23 million winning tickets of all prize amounts
- An estimated $40,429,884 in proceeds to recreation, wildlife and conservation programs
“Our loyal players have supported this game over the past 10 years, and we hope to see new players catch the same excitement for the game,” said Peggy Gordon, director of the Colorado Lottery. “It has the best odds of all our games, which makes it a favorite.”
In the beginning, Cash 5 had drawings twice a week before increasing to four times a week in December of 1997. Then in 2001, the Lottery started holding drawings every day except for Sunday, which is how it exists today.
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 $1.7 billion has been returned to the state through the Lottery’s primary proceeds recipients. These organizations provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.
Visit www.coloradolottery.com for additional details.