$9.6 Million Lotto Jackpot – Highest in Years

$9.6 Million Lotto Jackpot – Highest in Years


DENVER – The Colorado Lottery's Lotto jackpot is the highest it's been in more than six years, and the anticipation is building for players new to Lotto and players who have long been faithful to Colorado's original jackpot game. One ticket is all it takes to turn any Colorado resident or visitor into an instant multi-millionaire.


At $9.6 million, the Lotto jackpot is the highest it’s been since September 11, 2002, when two lucky winners, the Davis Family Trust of Arvada, and Michael Menard of Littleton, split a $16 million jackpot.

“Our Lotto jackpot averaged $4.5 million last year, so this is significantly higher,” said Tom Kitts, deputy director of the Lottery. “Just one ticket, just one line of six numbers, is all it takes to change someone’s life for the better.”


The Lotto jackpot will grow to $10 million if no ticket matches all six numbers in the drawing on Saturday.


This is the third Lotto jackpot over $9 million since July 2007. Hank Robinson won $9.2 million on July 14, 2007, and Gloria Aguda won $9 million on November 21, 2007.


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 2008, more than $223 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $2 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.




September 25, 2008
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