$9.2 Million Jackpot – Lotto Still Growing
DENVER – The Colorado Lottery Lotto jackpot is the highest in years, and the anticipation is building. One ticket is all it takes to turn any Colorado resident or visitor into an instant multi-millionaire.
At $9.2 million, the Lotto jackpot is just shy of being the biggest prize in nearly five years. On November 16, 2002, Carolyn Abey of Golden won a $9.5 million Lotto windfall.
“Our Lotto jackpot averaged $3.9 million last year, so this is significantly higher,” said Peggy Gordon, director of the Lottery. “Just one ticket is all it takes to change someone’s life, and we can’t wait to meet the soon-to-be luckiest person in Colorado.”
The Lotto jackpot will grow to $9.6 million, if no ticket matches all six numbers in the drawing on Saturday.
The probability of winning the jackpot is one in 5,245,786. Lotto drawings are held twice a week, each Wednesday and Saturday, in Pueblo. The winning numbers are selected using an automated drawing machine, which randomly generates 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 fiscal year 2006, more than $117 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.9 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.