DENVER,JULY 30, 2012 – The Colorado Lottery posted record annual sales of $545.3 million in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, thanks to record-setting Mega Millions jackpots in March and highest-ever annual sales of Scratch tickets. Sales for the year increased 5.1 percent increase from the previous year.

Total proceeds to Lottery beneficiaries increased to $123.2 million compared to $113.3 million a year ago. Lottery proceeds support Colorado parks, recreation, open space, conservation education, wildlife projects and schools.

“This year’s success was based on another great year in Scratch sales and a Mega Millions jackpot run that captivated the nation,” said Colorado Lottery Director, Abel J. Tapia. “We are so pleased that our record sales enable us to fulfill our $57 million commitment to Great Outdoors Colorado and provide $4.5 million to the BEST program for public school construction.”

Scratch ticket sales were up 5.6 percent from previous year’s sales generating a record $364 million. Jackpot games sales were up 4.1 percent from previous year’s sales generating $181 million. When the Mega Millions jackpot hit a record $656 million on March 30, the Colorado Lottery sold more than $17.7 million during the jackpot run, which ran from January 27 through March 30. This drove total Mega Millions sales to $37.1 million for FY12, up $12 million from FY11 Mega Millions sales that totaled $25.1 million. Total sales were up $26 million from FY11.

Like previous years, the Lottery’s top retailers in FY12 were located near the Wyoming border. Borderline Cantina and Stateline Oasis, both in Weld County, were the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked retailers statewide. Loaf ‘N Jug in Dinosaur ranked third.

The Lottery’s proceeds partners - Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund, Colorado State Parks and the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund (BEST Program) will receive the following contributions from sales of Lottery tickets in FY12:

  • Great Outdoors Colorado: $57.1 million
  • Conservation Trust Fund: $49.3 million
  • Colorado State Parks: $12.3 million
  • Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund: $4.5 million

The Lottery also returned more to players in FY12. In total, the Lottery paid out $378.2 million in prizes in FY12, compared to $328.3 million in FY11 and twenty-seven players joined the hundreds of Coloradoans who have become millionaires playing Colorado Lottery games.

The sales figures in this press release are unaudited.

About Colorado Lottery

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Lotto, Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash 5 and Scratch - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2.4 billion to the state of Colorado since its creation 29 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.


July 30, 2012
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