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DENVER, August 3, 2011 – The Colorado Lottery posted $518.9 million in sales for the fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2011, thanks to record sales of Scratch tickets and new Jackpot games. That figure represents a 3.5 percent increase from the previous year’s sales and the best Lottery sales performance on record. The Lottery also continued to generate significant funds for its beneficiaries, returning $113.4 million to the state to support open space conservation, wildlife protection, trail construction and other recreational efforts.

“We attribute our success this year to continued strong support from the playing public for all of our games. Scratch tickets set a new sales record and Mega Millions, which was introduced at the end of FY10, was in the market for a full fiscal year,” said Colorado Lottery Director, Abel Tapia. “We continuously strive to create a fun experience for our players and believe that these results show that our players have embraced our new offerings.”

Scratch ticket sales were up 5.1 percent from previous year’s sales generating a record $344.9 million. Jackpot games sales were up .5 percent from previous year’s sales thanks to new offerings such as Mega Millions, which combined with other jackpot games generated $174.0 million. Total sales were up $17.7 million from FY10.

As in years’ past, the Lottery’s top retailers in FY11 were located near the Wyoming border. Stateline Oasis and Borderline Cantina, both in Weld County, were the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked retailers statewide. B.G.’s at 2896 North Ave. in Grand Junction ranked third.

The Lottery’s proceeds partners - Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks will receive the following contributions from sales of Lottery tickets in FY11:

  • Great Outdoors Colorado: $56.0 million
  • Conservation Trust Fund: $45.3 million
  • Colorado State Parks: $11.3 million

In addition, the Lottery will return $662,230 to the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund.

The Lottery also returned more to players in FY11. In total, the Lottery paid out $328.3million in prizes in FY11, compared to $307.7 million in FY10. Several players joined the hundreds of Coloradoans who have become millionaires playing Colorado Lottery games. Three people won $1 million in FY11 by matching five of six numbers in Powerball and choosing the Power Play multiplier feature for an extra $1. Two players won $1 million in the Mega Millions game choosing the Megaplier option.  Another six Lotto jackpot winners and two Scratch players also joined the millionaires club.


About Colorado Lottery

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Lotto, Powerball, Mega Millions, MatchPlay, Cash 5, and Scratch - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2.2 billion to the state of Colorado since its creation 28 years ago. 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. 

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August 3, 2011
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