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. 


June 21, 2007
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