Community Update

Aug. 2010 Community Update

State Sen. Abel Tapia Named Colorado Lottery Director

State Sen. Abel Tapia has been named director of the Colorado Lottery, effective Aug 1. Sen. Tapia will bring his business skills and political acumen to the important task of running the Colorado Lottery,” said Roxy Huber, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue.


Tapia was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1999 and to the Colorado

Senate in 2003. During his tenure, Sen. Tapia was the Senate President Pro Tem and the

Chairman of the Joint Budget Committee.


Between 1985 and 2008, Tapia owned Abel Engineering Professionals Inc., a full-service civil-engineering company based in Pueblo. AEP was listed as one of the top 200 small businesses in Colorado by ColoradoBiz Magazine.


The Lottery, which is based in Pueblo, is a division of the Colorado Department of

Revenue. “I am confident that Sen. Tapia will help the Lottery achieve great success.” said Roxy Huber, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue.


Colorado Lottery Posts Second Best Year on Record

The Colorado Lottery posted $501.2 million in sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, thanks to the addition of two new games and strong sales of Powerball tickets. That figure represents a slight increase from the previous year’s sales and the second best sales performance on record. The Lottery also continued to generate significant funds for its beneficiaries, returning $112.9 million to the state to support open space conservation, wildlife protection, trail construction and other recreational efforts.


“We’re proud of our performance,” said Colorado Lottery Director Abel Tapia. “We think these results show that our players continue to enjoy our games and have embraced our new offerings.”


Sales of Lottery tickets overall, increased 1.6 percent in FY10. Big jackpots drove sales of Powerball up to $101.5 million from $100.7 million the year before. Sales of Cash 5 also grew, jumping from $20.8 million in FY09 to $21.3 million in FY10 - another record year for the game. Cash 5 sales were helped by the addition of a seventh drawing on Sundays. The Lottery’s two newest games – MatchPlay and Mega Millions, generated $6.2 million and $2.4 million in sales, respectively. MatchPlay, which offers players four ways to win, launched in February, while Mega Millions began selling in mid-May.


Sales generated by the Lottery’s 3,000 retailers raised nearly $113 million for the agency’s proceeds partners - Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks.  The three organizations received the following contributions from sales of Lottery tickets in FY10:

  • Great Outdoors Colorado: $53.4 million
  • Conservation Trust Fund: $45.2 million
  • Colorado State Parks: $11.3 million


In addition, the Lottery returned $88,550 to the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund.


“We expect to carry the momentum we established this fiscal year into the next,” Tapia said. “Our two newest games should provide bigger contributions during their first full year of sales. We also anticipate adding more lottery outlets to our retail base, providing more places for people to purchase Lottery tickets.”


Win A Trip To See The Broncos Play In London

Want to party with John Elway and watch the Denver Broncos play the San Francisco 49ers in London? The Lottery and the Denver Broncos are giving fans a chance to do just that with a new Broncos-themed Scratch game.


Now available in stores, the $5 game will give consumers the opportunity to win $100,000 instantly and includes drawings for tickets to the London game or club level season tickets for 2011. This is the second year the Lottery has teamed with the Broncos to offer a NFL-licensed Scratch game. Last year’s game also featured a $100,000 top prize and a drawing for 50 pairs of season tickets.


“We’re thrilled to renew our partnership with the Denver Broncos,” said Colorado Lottery Director Abel Tapia. “The game will provide our players with an exciting experience, while also helping raise money for such precious resources as trails, parks and open space.”


The Broncos-themed Scratch game offered last season, generated $8.5 million in sales and $1.3 million for Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Colorado State Parks and the Conservation Trust Fund statewide.


The latest Broncos game offers three, $100,000 instant top prizes. The game also offers consumers a second-chance at winning a prize if their tickets aren’t instant winners. Lottery players can enter those non-winning tickets at Coloradolottery.com.


The first drawing – for tickets to the October 17th game and the trip to London – will be held on September 20, 2010. The second drawing, which will award 15 pairs of season tickets, will be held sometime next spring – after the Broncos Scratch game officially ends. Non-winning tickets can be registered at www.coloradolottery.com.


The overall odds of winning a prize in the Broncos Scratch game are one in 3.67.  To win the game, consumers will try to match their numbers to the winning numbers listed on their ticket.


Gilpin County Trail Is A Huge Success

In November 2007 the Gilpin County Parks and Recreation Department conducted a Recreation Needs Assessment Survey. The results showed that 81.9% of the respondents indicated that Hiking Trails were important / very important. The Parks and Recreation Department and the Recreation Advisory Board decided to pursue the building of an ADA-accessible trail There were many design and planning meetings, and the property was staked, surveyed and researched before the construction began. It took approximately four months for the actual construction. It is a one-mile, ADA-accessible trail, which loops around the property of the Community Center. Wildflowers and aspen groves are found all along the trail; benches were placed for patrons. 


The trail project was funded with $225,000 Conservation Trust Fund dollars (Additional Donations of services and materials are not included in this number).


The trail has been extremely well received by the community and is utilized heavily by all ages. Everyone from Moms with strollers to runners and seniors all enjoy it. The beautiful mountain landscape adds to the experience. Many people socialize on the trail and exercise their pets often.


To learn more about the Gilpin County Trail, visit http://www.co.gilpin.co.us/Recreation/Trails/nature%20trails.htm


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 Join in the fun! You can now follow "ColoLottery" on Twitter, or be a Facebook fan of the Colorado Lottery! We recently joined the social media sites in an effort to start a conversation with our fans and the general public. We rotate the topics of conversation, from updating jackpot amounts, to touting new Scratch games, to educating the public about some of our proceeds locations. If you are on Facebook or Twitter, let us know and we can follow you and keep up on your latest news.

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