Highest Lotto Jackpot Since April 2005
DENVER – If you win, you could give a dollar to everyone who lives in Colorado and Kansas. You might even be able to hire Avalanche Joe Sakic for a year. Or put a down payment on the most expensive home in Colorado – Hala Ranch in Aspen, valued at $135 million.
These are just a few of the amazing choices you can make if you win the Colorado Lottery Lotto jackpot of $7.2 million. Colorado hasn’t seen such a high Lotto jackpot since April 9, 2005, when it was hit at $7.6 million.
“Many of our players consider Lotto to be Colorado’s game,” said Peggy Gordon, director of the Colorado Lottery. “Since the game was introduced in 1989, it has maintained a loyal following.”
The Lotto jackpot has steadily increased since a Fort Collins mother of three hit the winning numbers on March 17, 2007, when it reached $6.9 million. The probability of winning the jackpot is 1 in 5,245,786.
Lotto drawings are held twice a week, each Wednesday and Saturday, in Pueblo. The numbers are selected using automated drawing machines, which randomly generate the winning numbers.
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. In 2006, more than $120 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.8 billion has been returned to the state.
The Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: Great Outdoors Colorado, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.