COLORADO LOTTERY’S PROCEEDS DOLLARS TO FUND GOCO YOUTH JOBS INITIATIVE

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COLORADO LOTTERY’S PROCEEDS DOLLARS TO FUND GOCO YOUTH JOBS INITIATIVE

Initiative to create state jobs and build stewardship on protected lands

DENVER, April 13, 2011– Last year the Colorado Lottery contributed $56.3 million to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and today Gov. John Hickenlooper, joined by GOCO and the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA), announced an initiative to create youth conservation corps jobs for 16-to-25 year-olds. The unemployment rate for this age group is significantly higher than the rate for the general population.

Sales generated by the Lottery’s 3,000 retailers raised nearly $113 million last year for its proceeds partners – GOCO, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks. GOCO receives 50 percent of the Lottery’s proceeds. 

“It makes us proud that our proceeds partners such as GOCO use lottery proceeds money to make ongoing improvements to Colorado,” said Abel Tapia, director of the Colorado Lottery. “The fact that the GOCO and CYCA initiative will create jobs in Colorado and build stewardship on protected lands is a win-win.” 

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – MatchPlay, Mega Millions, Cash 5, Scratch, Lotto and Powerball - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2 billion to the state of Colorado since it was established. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the Lottery has provided funding for new trails, precious open space and wildlife protection. For more information, visit www.coloradolottery.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Heather Black

PHONE303.759.6872 | CELL 303.945.9724

heather.black@lottery.state.co.us

April 13, 2011
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