Powerball
What are the odds in Powerball?

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1:292,201,338. The odds of winning any prize are 1:25.

What are the key differences between Powerball and Mega Millions?

The games are very similar with top prizes available for players who match all numbers drawn. Mega Millions jackpots start at $12 million; Powerball $40 million. Jackpot odds for Mega Millions are 1 in 176 million with overall odds of 1:40; Powerball jackpot odds are 1 in 176 million and overall odds are 1:32. Mega Millions tickets cost $1 per line of play and Powerball tickets are $2. Both games offer an optional multiplier feature: Megaplier for Mega Millions and Power Play for Powerball. Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesday and Friday evenings; Powerball drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

When can I purchase Powerball tickets?

Tickets are available for sale at 4:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. 

On Wednesday and Saturday drawing nights, Powerball sales and redemptions are suspended during draw break at 7:30 p.m. through 7:33 p.m. Powerball sales will resume after draw break, however, Powerball tickets cannot be redeemed until after the drawing at approximately 9:00 p.m.

All sales are suspended each evening at 11:59 p.m for system balancing.

What states, other than Colorado, participate in Powerball?

Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands.

What is Power Play?

You can purchase the Power Play option for an extra $1 per play. For that extra $1, you'll have the chance to win $2 MILLION cash for the MATCH 5 prize. The Power Play multiplier (2, 3, 4 or 5) is drawn before the Powerball winning numbers. See the prize payout table for the prize amounts.

*  Powerball may reduce prize levels for Powerball and/or Power Play, including the Match 5+0 prize, if the number of winners claiming prizes exceeds the available draw sales and prize reserves.

Are subscriptions available for Powerball? Can I buy Powerball tickets online?

We do not offer an online or mail-in subscription service. We offer Advance Play through our retailers where you can play up to 26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto, and up to 91 draws for Cash 5 (13 weeks). Check the Advance Play box on the edge of your play slip. The retailer will ask you how many draws you'd like to play, and charge you accordingly. The same numbers will be played for all drawings purchased.

Do I have to match the numbers in the exact order drawn?

No. You can match the numbers drawn in any order.

What is Advance Play?

Advance Play allows you to purchase up to 13 weeks of tickets at one time (26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto, and 91 draws for Cash 5). Check the Advance Play box on your play slip, and then tell your retailer how many draws you'd like to play. The same numbers will be used for all of the drawings you request. You can check your ticket after all your drawings have been conducted and collect your winnings at once, or collect them as you go along. If you choose to collect your winnings after each drawing you win, be sure you get a replacement ticket. Advance Play is available at Lottery retail locations throughout Colorado. 

What is the percentage of people who choose Quick Picks versus those who pick their own numbers?

In Colorado, about 80 percent of purchases are Quick Picks.

How can I find winning Powerball numbers?

Current winning numbers and access to past winning numbers can be found on the home page of our website, You can have winning numbers sent direct to your cell phone or email address when you sign up to be a member of  MyLottery.  Lottery results are also publicized by most television stations and daily newspapers. Lottery retailers can print winning numbers reports for current and past drawing dates. 

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At what amount do Powerball jackpots begin?

The Powerball jackpot starts at $40 million, and increases until it is hit when a winner matches all 6 numbers (5 numbers plus the Powerball).

When did Colorado join Powerball?

The Colorado Lottery began ticket sales for Powerball on August 2, 2001, with the first drawing taking place on August 4, 2001.  Powerball tickets can be purchased at all Colorado Lottery retailers.

Why is there a difference between the cash payouts in the Powerball and Mega Millions games?

A fixed percentage of every Mega Millions and Powerball ticket sold goes into its CASH jackpot. The cash jackpot is all the money that the lottery has on hand from the sale of tickets in the game. If a player chooses the cash option, then the Lottery will pay the entire cash amount to the winner (less income tax withholding amounts required by federal and state laws).

The Lottery also offers an ANNUITY jackpot option that can help reduce taxes and offers the winner a 100% guranteed income stream over time. The two games offer different types of annual income streams, giving the players more options. If a winner elects the annuity option, then the Lottery will invest the entire cash amount before taxes are deducted. The difference between the CASH jackpot and the ANNUITY jackpot is the interest earnings that build over time. The Powerball annuity jackpot earns more interest for two reasons.

1. The Powerball Annuity Jackpot invests more money for a longer period of time. The Powerball annuity is paid out in graduated amounts (rising by 4% per year to keep up with inflation) over 29 years (30 payments). The annual payments grow larger to keep pace with the winner's expected cost of living. The Mega Millions annuity is paid out over 25 years (26 payments) with equal payments each year. In both cases, the first payment is an immediate cash payment.

2. The Powerball Annuity Jackpot is invested in a wider variety of securities than the Mega Millions Jackpot, allowing more interest to be earned. All of the securities used to support both games' jackpots offer significant levels of U.S. Governmental backing. It is important to understand that the Lottery is invested in these securities; not the winner. The winner has a contract with the states to pay the annual prize payment, no matter what happens to the securities.

Since the two games' jackpots are invested differently, if the CASH jackpots are the same, the Powerball jackpot will pay a larger ANNUITY over time than Mega Millions. If the ANNUITY value of the jackpots is the same, then Megal Millions' CASH jackpot will be larger than Powerball's CASH jackpot. The CASH jackpot amounts present the true present-day values of the jackpots. A winner who wishes to take the CASH jackpot should compare only the CASH jackpot amounts. The ANNUITY jackpot amounts will be important for those winners who plan to select a long-term, fully guaranteed income stream.

Is the cash amount the jackpot amount after taxes?

No. When we advertise a prize of $100 million paid over 29 years (30 payments), we actually have less than $50 million in cash. When someone wins the jackpot and wants cash, we give them all of the cash in the jackpot prize pool. If the winner wants the annuity, we invest the $50 million in cash to fund the annuity payments. The winner gets the cash plus the interest earned. When you see an estimated jackpot annuity prize, we are estimating both sales and what the market's prices on certain securities will be. The annuity jackpot amount and the cash jackpot amount that we announce are always estimates until sales are final and, for the annuity jackpot, until we take bids on the purchase of securities.

Federal and State Income tax apply to whatever income you actually receive in a given tax year, whether it is wages or lottery prizes. If you take the cash amount (say $50 million), then you pay income tax on $50 million. If you take the annuity (say $100 million), then you pay income tax on the money you actually receive each year. Just like your wages, a withholding amount is required to be taken out immediately. The lottery will send you a W2-G form and you figure your actual tax at tax time.

Mega Millions
What are the odds in Mega Millions?

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1:258,890,850. The odds of winning any prize are 1:15. 

When can I purchase Mega Millions tickets?

Tickets are available for sale at 4:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. 

On Tuesday and Friday drawing nights, Mega Millions sales and redemptions are suspended during draw break at 7:30 p.m. through 7:33 p.m. Mega Millions sales will resume after draw break, however, Mega Millions tickets cannot be redeemed until after the drawing at approximately 9:00 p.m.

All sales are suspended each evening at 11:59 p.m for system balancing.

What states other than Colorado participate in Mega Millions?

Mega Millions is played in 42 states and Washington D.C.

When did Colorado join Mega Millions?

We began selling Mega Millions tickets on May 16, 2010. The first drawing was held on May 18, 2010. Mega Millions tickets can be purchased at all Colorado Lottery retailers.

What is Megaplier?

Megaplier is an exciting way to increase your Mega Millions winnings. For an additional $1 per line of play, you can multiply your winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times (jackpot excluded)! The Megaplier number is chosen from a wheel spin with 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s. Any non-jackpot prize won on a Mega Millions play will be multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn if you purchased the Megaplier feature. For example, if you win the Match 4 price of $10,000 and the Megaplier is 3, you would win $30,000 instead of $10,000.

And if you win the Match 5 prize of $1,000,000, and you also purchased Megaplier, your winnings could be multiplied by 5 and you could win a nice $5 million without hitting the jackpot*!

* Mega Millions may reduce prize levels for Mega Millions and/or Megaplier, including the Match 5+0 prize, if the number of winners claiming prizes exceeds the available draw sales and prize reserves.

 
Are subscriptions available for Mega Millions?

We do not offer online or mail-in subscription service. We offer Advance Play through our retailers where you can play up to 26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto, and up to 91 draws for Cash 5 (13 weeks). Check the Advance Play box on the edge of your play slip. The retailer will ask you how many draws you'd like to play, and charge you accordingly. The same numbers will be played for all drawings purchased.

What is Advance Play?

Advance Play allows you to purchase up to 13 weeks of tickets at one time (26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto, and 91 draws for Cash 5). Check the Advance Play box on your play slip, and then tell your retailer how many draws you'd like to play. The same numbers will be used for all of the drawings you request. You can check your ticket after all your drawings have been conducted and collect your winnings at once, or collect them as you go along. If you choose to collect your winnings after each drawing you win, be sure you get a replacement (Exchange) ticket. Advance Play is available at Lottery retail locations throughout Colorado.

What is the percentage of people who choose Quick Picks versus those who pick their own numbers?

In Colorado, about 80 percent of purchases are Quick Picks for Jackpot games.

When and where are the drawings held?

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11 p.m. Eastern time; 10 p.m. Central time; 9 p.m. Mountain time; 8 p.m. Pacific time. Drawings are held at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. 

 
At what amount does the Mega Millions jackpot begin?

The Mega Millions jackpot starts at $15 million, and increases until it is hit when a winner matches all 6 numbers (5 numbers plus the Mega Ball).

What are the jackpot payout options?

If you are a Mega Millions jackpot winner, you will have the choice of a Cash Option or an Annuity. The Annuity option provides annual payments over a 29-year period. There will be 30 payments with a graduated annual payment of 5% over the previous year's payment. 

What does the cash value equal for Mega Millions?

The advertised Mega Millions jackpot is the estimated value of the annuity based on estimated sales. The cash value is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool, or approximately 50 percent of the annuitized value.

What happens to Mega Millions payments if the winner dies before collecting?

If a winner dies before receiving all 29 annual payments, Mega Millions will continue to pay the annual payments, as scheduled, to the winner's designated beneficiary or to the winner's estate.

How long do I have to collect a Mega Millions prize?

Players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to collect prize winnings.

What happens if I lose a ticket?

The Colorado Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Protect yourself by signing the back of your tickets. Lottery tickets are bearer instruments. Unless signed, anyone in possession of the ticket can file a claim.

 

 

What are the key differences between Powerball and Mega Millions?

The games are very similar with top prizes available for players who match all numbers drawn. Mega Millions jackpots start at $15 million; Powerball $40 million. Jackpot odds for Mega Millions are 1 in 259 million with overall odds of 1:15; Powerball jackpot odds are 1 in 176 million and overall odds are 1:32. Tickets cost $1 per line of play for Mega Millions and $2 per line of play for Powerball, and each game has an optional multiplier feature: Megaplier for Mega Millions and Power Play for Powerball. Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesday and Friday evenings; Powerball drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

How can I find winning Mega Millions numbers?

Current winning numbers and access to past winning numbers can be found on the home page of our website. You can have winning numbers sent direct to your cell phone or email address if you sign up to be a MyLottery member. Lottery results are also publicized by most television stations and daily newspapers. Lottery retailers can print winning numbers reports for current and past drawing dates.

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Why do Mega Millions and Powerball show different Cash Option amounts for similar-sized jackpots?

A fixed percentage of every Mega Millions and Powerball ticket sold goes into its CASH jackpot. The cash jackpot is all the money that the lottery has on hand from the sale of tickets in the game. If a player chooses the cash option, then the Lottery will pay entire cash amount to the winner (less income tax withholding amounts required by federal and state laws).<o:p></o:p>

The Lottery also offers an ANNUITY jackpot option that can help reduce taxes and offers the winner a 100% guaranteed income stream over time. The two games offer different types of annual income streams, giving the players more options. If a winner elects the annuity option, then the Lottery will invest the entire cash amount before taxes are deducted. The difference between the CASH jackpot and the ANNUITY jackpot is the interest earnings that build over time. The Powerball annuity jackpot earns more interest for two reasons.<o:p></o:p>

  1. The Powerball Annuity Jackpot invests more money for a longer period of time. The Powerball annuity is paid out in graduated amounts (rising by 4% per year to keep up with inflation) over 29 years (30 payments). The smallest payment is the first payment and the largest payment is the last payment. The Mega Millions annuity is paid out in graduated amounts (rising by 5% per year to keep up with inflation) over 29 years (30 payments). The smallest payment if the first payment and the largest payment is the last payment.  <o:p> </o:p>
  2. The Powerball Annuity Jackpot is invested in a wider variety of securities than the Mega Millions Jackpot, allowing more interest to be earned. All of the securities used to support both games' jackpots offer some level of U.S. Government backing. It is important to note that the Lottery is invested in these securities, not the winner. The winner has a contract with the states to pay the annual prize payment, no matter what happens to the securities.<o:p></o:p>

Since the two games' jackpots are invested differently, the CASH jackpots for the same advertised annuities may differ. <o:p></o:p>

The CASH jackpot amounts present the true present-day values of the prizes. A winner who wishes to take the CASH jackpot should compare only the CASH jackpot amounts. The ANNUITY jackpot amounts will be important for those winners who plan to select a long-term, fully guaranteed income stream.

 

 

 
 
 
Lucky for Life
When will Lucky for Life be available for sale?

Lucky for Life will be available for sale beginning Sunday, July 17th.

How much does Lucky for Life cost?

A Lucky for Life ticket cost $2.00.

Can Lucky for Life tickets be cancelled?

No, Lucky for Life tickets cannot be cancelled.

What are the odds in Lucky for Life?

The odds of winning the Lucky for Life jackpot are 1:30,821,472.  The odds of winning any prize are 1:8.

When can I purchase Lucky for Life tickets?

Tickets are available for sale at 4:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday.

On Monday and Thursday drawing nights, Lucky for Life sales and redemptions are suspended during draw break at 7:30 p.m. through 7:33 p.m.  Lucky for Life sales will resume after draw break, however, Lucky for Life tickets cannot be redeemed until after the drawing at approximately 9:30 p.m.

All sales are suspended each evening at 11:59 p.m.

What states other than Colorado participate in Lucky for Life?

Lucky for Life is played in 20 states.

When did Colorado join Lucky for Life?

We began selling Lucky for Life tickets on July 17, 2016.  The first drawing was held on July 18, 2016.  Lucky for Life tickets can be purchased at all Colorado Lottery retailers.

Are subscriptions available for Lucky for Life?

We do not offer online or mail-in subscription service.  We offer Advance Play through our retailers where you can play up to 26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto and Lucky for Life, and up to 91 draws for Cash 5 (13 weeks).  Check the Advance Play box on the edge of your play slip.  The retailer will ask you how many draws you’d like to play, and charge you accordingly.  The same numbers will be played for all drawings purchased.

What is Advance Play?

Advance Play allows you to purchase up to 13 weeks of tickets at one time (26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto and Lucky for Life, and 91 draws for Cash 5).  Check the Advance Play box on your play slip, and then tell your retailer how many draws you’d like to play.  The same numbers will be used for all of the drawings your request.  You can check your ticket after all your drawings have been conducted and collect your winnings at once, or collect them as you go along.  If you choose to collect your winnings after each drawing you win, be sure you get a replacement (Exchange) ticket.  Advance Play is available at Lottery retail locations throughout Colorado.

What is the percentage of people who choose Quick Picks versus those who pick their own numbers?

In Colorado, about 80 percent of purchases are Quick Picks for Jackpot games.

When are the drawings held?

Lucky for Life drawings are held Monday and Thursday evenings at 10:38 p.m. Eastern time; 9:38 p.m. Central time; 8:38 p.m. Mountain time; 7:38 p.m. Pacific time.

How long do I have to collect a Lucky for Life prize?

Players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to collect prize winnings.

What happens if I lose a ticket?

The Colorado Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.  Protect yourself by signing the back of your tickets.  Lottery tickets are bearer instruments.  Unless signed, anyone in possession of the ticket can file a claim.

How can I find winning Lucky for Life numbers?

Current winning numbers and access to past winning numbers can be found on the home page of our website.  You can have winning numbers sent direct to your cell phone or email address if you sign up to be a MyLottery member.  Lottery results are also publicized by most television stations and daily newspapers.  Lottery retailers can print winning numbers reports for current and past drawing dates.

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What are the jackpot payout options?

Top Prize: One (1) winner receives the full annuity value of seven thousand dollars ($7,000) a week for life with the option of taking the cash value.

  1. The Top Prize cash value is set forth in the “Published Notice” available on the Lottery terminals, Lottery website, and Lucky for Life website. The cash value can be revised thirty (30) days prior to the first drawing in which it is applicable.
  2. All annuitized payments shall be made for a minimum of twenty (20) years.
  3. Two (2) to fourteen (14) Top Prize winners share equally in the pari-mutuel prize of seven thousand dollars ($7,000) a week for life with the option of taking the cash value divided by the total number of Top Prize winners. The cash option must be taken if the annuitized value is less than five hundred dollars ($500) a week for life.
  4. Fifteen (15) or more Top Prize winners share equally in a pari-mutuel prize of seven million one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($7,125,000). No annuity option shall be available at this level.
  5. For a single Wager, the measuring life of a Top Prize Winner used to determine the duration over which the Top Prize is paid, shall be the natural life of the individual determined by the Selling Lottery to be the Top Prize Winner.  If the Top Prize under a single Wager is being claimed by more than one (1) natural person or by a legal entity, the measuring life for that Top Prize Winner shall be twenty (20) years.
What happens to Lucky for Life payments if the winner dies before collecting?

If a winner dies before receiving all (twenty (20) years) payments, Lucky for Life will continue to pay the annual payments, as scheduled, to the winners’s designated beneficiary or to the winner’s estate.

Lotto
What are the odds in Lotto?

The odds of winning the Lotto jackpot are 1:5,245,786. The odds of winning any prize are 1:35.

How can I find winning Lotto numbers?

Current winning numbers and access to past winning numbers can be found on the home page of our website. You can have winning numbers sent directly to your cell phone or email address when you sign up to be a MyLottery member. Lottery results are also publicized by most television stations and daily newspapers. Lottery retailers can print winning numbers reports for current and past drawing dates.

When can I purchase Lotto tickets?

Tickets are available for sale at 4:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. 

On Wednesday and Saturday drawing nights, Lotto sales and redemptions are suspended during draw breakat 7:30 p.m. through 7:33 p.m. Lotto sales and redemptions will resume after draw break.

All sales are suspended each evening at 11:59 p.m for system balancing.

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Are subscriptions available for Lotto?

We do not offer an online or mail-in subscription service. We offer Advance Play through our retailers where you can play up to 26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto, and up to 91 draws for Cash 5 (13 weeks). Check the Advance Play box on the edge of your play slip. The retailer will ask you how many draws you'd like to play, and charge you accordingly. The same numbers will be played for all drawings purchased.

What is Advance Play?

Advance Play allows you to purchase up to 13 weeks of tickets at one time (26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto, and 91 draws for Cash 5). Check the Advance Play box on your play slip, and then tell your retailer how many draws you'd like to play. The same numbers will be used for all of the drawings you request. You can check your ticket after all of your drawings have been conducted and collect your winnings at once, or collect them as you go along. If you choose to collect your winnings after each drawing you win, be sure you get a replacement ticket. Advance Play is available at Lottery retail locations throughout Colorado.

How are Lotto drawings held?

Lotto winning numbers are picked by a stand-alone computer (a computer that is not connected to any network) that is locked in a secure room in a building located some distance away from the Lottery offices. The numbers are drawn using a random number generator based on quantum vision technology. Quantum vision technology basically means the computers use decaying radiation as part of the random generation process instead of a computer chip. For each Lotto drawing, two “test” drawings are held to ensure everything is in working order. After the two test drawings, the real drawing is held and the numbers entered into the Lottery’s system, which runs the numbers selected by the computer against all of the tickets purchased to determine if there is a winner. In order to ensure the integrity of each drawing, an employee of an independent certified public accounting firm (auditor), and a member of the Lottery’s security team are present for the entire process. In addition, an independent company, Gaming Laboratories (GLI), performs audits and test drawings to ensure everything is working properly and the games are fair.

You are welcome to witness a drawing to see how it is done. If you would like to set up a time to witness a drawing, or would like more detailed information about random number generation or quantum vision technology, please contact Mari Boyd at 719-546-5318.

Where do I find Lotto prize payouts?
What is the starting jackpot for Lotto?

The Lotto jackpot usually starts at $1 million and increases until it is hit when a winner matches all 6 numbers drawn.

Why doesn't the Lottery pay out more for smaller prizes in Lotto drawings?

Players want a growing jackpot and Lotto jackpots increase according to ticket sales. Lotto games are traditionally driven by jackpot size and not the size of the smaller prizes. For more mid-range prizes, try playing Cash 5.

 

 

Cash 5
How can I find winning Cash 5 numbers?

Current winning numbers and access to past winning numbers can be found on the home page of our website. Have winning numbers sent direct to your cell phone or email address by signing up to be a MyLottery member. Lottery results are also publicized by most television stations and daily newspapers. Lottery retailers can print winning numbers reports for current and past drawing dates. 

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When can I purchase Cash 5 tickets?

Tickets are available for sale at 4:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. 

Cash 5 sales and redemptions are suspended during draw break each evening at 7:30 p.m. through 7:33 p.m.Cash 5 sales and redemptions will resume after draw break.

All sales are suspended each evening at 11:59 p.m for system balancing.

Are subscriptions available for Cash 5?

We do not offer an online or mail-in subscription service. We offer Advance Play through our retailers where you can play up to 26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto, and up to 91 draws for Cash 5 (13 weeks). Check the Advance Play box on the edge of your play slip. The retailer will ask you how many draws you'd like to play, and charge you accordingly. The same numbers will be played for all drawings purchased.

What is Advance Play?

Advance Play allows you to purchase up to 13 weeks of tickets at one time (26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lotto, and 91 draws for Cash 5). Check the Advance Play box on your play slip, and then tell your retailer how many draws you'd like to play. The same numbers will be used for all of the drawings you request. You can check your ticket after all your drawings have been conducted and collect your winnings at once, or collect them as you go along. If you choose to collect your winnings after each drawing you win, be sure you get a replacement (Exchange) ticket. Advance Play is available at Lottery retail locations throughout Colorado.

How are Cash 5 drawings held?

Cash 5 winning numbers are picked by a stand-alone computer (a computer that is not connected to any network) that is locked in a secure room in a building located some distance away from the Lottery offices. The numbers are drawn using a random number generator based on quantum vision technology. Quantum vision technology basically means the computers use decaying radiation as part of the random generation process instead of a computer chip. For each Cash 5 drawing, two “test” drawings are held to ensure everything is in working order. After the two test drawings, the real drawing is held and the numbers entered into the Lottery’s system, which runs the numbers selected by the computer against all of the tickets purchased to determine if there is a winner. In order to ensure the integrity of each drawing, an independent certified public accountant (auditor), citizen witness and a member of the Lottery’s security team are present for the entire process. In addition, an independent company, Gaming Laboratories (GLI), performs audits and test drawings to ensure everything is working properly and the games are fair.

You are welcome to witness a drawing to see how it is done. If you would like to set up a time to witness a drawing, or would like more detailed information about random number generation or quantum vision technology, please contact Michael Drury at 719-546-5318.

Pick 3
How much does Pick 3 cost?

You can place a $.50 bet for the following bet types:

  • Exact Order
  • Any Order
  • Front Pair
  • Back Pair

You can place a $1, $2 or $5 bet for the following bet types:

  • Exact Order 
  • Any Order 
  • Exact Order / Any Order 
  • Front Pair 
  • Back Pair 
How can I choose my Pick 3 numbers?

The easiest way is to ask for a Quick Pick. Or by completing one of two playslips

EZ Playslip
Use the EZ Playslip if you like the simplicity of betting on Exact Order and/or Any Order or Exact Order + Any Order bet styles, only.

Complete Playslip
All bet options are available: Exact Order, Any Order, Exact Order + Any Order, Front Pair and Back Pair.

Select three numbers from 0 through 9. The numbers selected can be three separate numbers or may be duplicated in a single play. For example: ‘537’ or ‘009’ or ‘339’. You can win more when you play two duplicate numbers on an Any Order bet type.  

How many Pick 3 bets/plays will print out on one ticket?

If you use the EZ Playslip, only one bet/play will print on a ticket. If you use the Complete Playslip, up to five bets/plays will print on a ticket. Up to 10 bets/plays will print on a ticket if you request a Quick Pick from your retailer. 

 
Can Pick 3 tickets be cancelled?

Yes, a Pick 3 ticket must be cancelled within 60 minutes of purchase, before the store closes, or before the Lottery system shut-off, whichever occurs first. Tickets must be cancelled at the terminal where purchased. 

Where and when are Pick 3 drawings held?

Pick 3 drawings are held in Pueblo at approximately 7:36 p.m. every evening. 

Can I purchase Pick 3 tickets for more than one drawing? Do you offer online subscriptions for Pick 3?

Yes, you can play the same numbers for up to 28 consecutive drawings.  Just mark the Advance Play box on the Pick 3 EZ or Complete Playslip, or ask your retailer for an Advance Play and tell them the number of draws you want to play in advance. 

We do not offer online subscriptions to any of our products. 

Why did the Lottery introduce Pick 3?

Our players said they wanted a game with a better chance of winning a prize. Pick 3 offers more bet types and chances to win, playing three of your favorite numbers. 

Where can I get winning numbers for Pick 3?

In addition to the Colorado Lottery website, winning numbers are available by asking for a winning numbers report from any retailer, or by checking in most local newspapers the day following the drawing. You can also join MyLottery and have winning numbers e-mailed or text messaged to you. 

What are the odds of winning Pick 3? How can I tell if I’ve won, and how much I’ve won?

Refer to odds of winning and prize amounts for Pick 3 by clicking here. 

Pick 3 Table
How long do I have to claim my Pick 3 winnings?

Players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes from that drawing. 

Where do Pick 3 proceeds go?

All profits from the sale of all Colorado Lottery products, including Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, Lucky for Life, Cash 5, Pick 3 and Scratch are distributed to the Lottery’s three main proceeds recipients: Great Outdoors Colorado, Conservations Trust Fund and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. If the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund exceeds its cap, spillover is directed to public schools to address health and safety issues.

 
I matched two numbers. Why didn't I win?

The only way to win off of two matching numbers is to place your bet on FRONT PAIR or BACK PAIR.  If you wager FRONT PAIR or BACK PAIR, the numbers drawn must match the order in which you wagered your numbers.

If you place a bet on ANY ORDER, EXACT ORDER, or EXACT ORDER/ANY ORDER, the only possible way to win is by matching all of your three numbers wagered to the numbers drawn. Even if the numbers drawn are two of the same number, you must still match all three of your numbers wagered with those drawn.

For example:

You bet: 3 – 4 –  4  ANY ORDER

In order to win, all three numbers must be drawn (3 - 4 - 4) for you to win.  If only one “4” is drawn, you do not have a winning Pick 3 ticket. 

Scratch
How can I tell if my Scratch game has expired?

Players have 180 days after a game has ended to claim a Scratch prize. Select any game listed in the Scratch section of our website and it will tell you if a game end date has been established. Games remain posted 60 days after the 180 days has expired. After that they will be removed from our website.

How can I find out how many top prizes remain in a Scratch game?

You can find this information on the our website in the Scratch game section, or you can ask any Colorado Lottery retailer for a Scratch Game Top Prizes Remaining report, which is available off of their terminal.

If the odds for a Scratch game are 1 in 4, why don't I win if I buy four tickets?

The odds of winning Scratch games vary. If the odds of winning in a game is 1 in 4, this doesn't necessarily mean that if four tickets are purchased, one would be a winner. Odds are based on the total number of tickets available for sale in a game, not on an individual purchase.

How are Scratch tickets distributed?

Our Scratch tickets are produced and distributed in a completely random, double-blind system. First, prizes are scattered randomly throughout the entire run of the ticket. No one at the Lottery, or the printer, knows where the winning tickets are placed - that is generated through a random number generation system. Next, the tickets are shipped to our warehouses for distribution. Tickets are randomly pulled from the entire ticket run and shipped to random retailers. There is no rhyme or reason to the ticket distribution. So, randomly placed prizes are randomly distributed to random retailers. We have no way of knowing where the winning tickets are shipped or where they will show up. The reason it seems as though some locations have more winners is simply a matter of sales - if more tickets are purchased in the Denver Metro Area, it would follow that a commensurate number of winners would be located in the Denver Metro Area - and those retailers who sell a lot of tickets will have a greater likelihood of getting a pack with a winner in it just because they sell that many more tickets and have to replace them with new packs of tickets.

I bought x number of tickets in a row and didn’t hit one winner. How can you say the odds advertised on your tickets are accurate?

We’re sorry to hear that didn’t have better luck with your ticket purchases. Please keep in mind that odds listed on our tickets apply to the entire universe of tickets, not individual purchases. The odds also include break-even prizes. Your non-winning tickets may be eligible for one of our second-chance drawings, which provides another opportunity to win.

Can citizens receive sample void Scratch tickets from the Lottery?

No. Ticket printing costs prevent the Lottery from making sample or void tickets available to players.

Second-Chance Drawings
What kinds of second-chance drawings does the Lottery conduct?

The Lottery has two types of second-chance drawings...Top Prize second-chance drawings, which are held after the end of the game has been set by the Director. The prize for Top Prize second-chance drawings is equal to the top instant prize amount for the game. We also have Promotional second-chance drawings, which can be held at any time after the game is launched. Some Promotional second-chance drawings happen as early as 10 weeks after the game launches. The prize for Promotional second-chance drawings is usually for an amount less than the top prize, and can include cash, merchandise or experiential prizes. Just because we have held a Promotional second-chance drawing does not necessairly mean the game has ended. Sometimes, we continue to sell games after the drawing because there are many instant prizes remaining.

I tried to enter a Scratch second-chance drawing and the system would not accept the Scratch ticket number I entered. What could be the problem?

The number entered may not be valid because: 1) Not enough digits were entered: all games have 22-digits. 2) The number entered is incorrect. Ensure that all latex is removed from your ticket and that all 22-digits are clearly visible before re-entering the ticket number. 3) The number entered is for a game that is not-eligible for a second-chance drawing. 4) The second-chance drawing for this game has been closed.

I saw something advertising your second-chance drawings on the back of one my tickets. Which games qualify and how do I enter?

We offer a variety of second-chance drawings, mostly for our Scratch games. Our drawings require internet registration. Mail-in tickets received for an internet-registration drawing only will not be entered into the drawing, and will not be returned. 

How are second-chance drawings conducted?

The Internet drawings are held in our main office in Pueblo. Present at each drawing are conducted by a Lottery Security Investigator, an independent auditor, a citizen witness, and our drawing manager. Each entry is assigned a unique number when it is entered into the database on our host site. The day of the drawing, the entries are downloaded from our host site to 2 CDs (1 primary and 1 backup).  The citizen witness uses a random number generator that has the total number of entries as its parameters to select the drawing winner and minimum of 10 alternates.  The winning entry number and alternates are entered into a program that extracts the winner’s information from the host site and also the primary CD to ensure the information matches.

All of our drawings are public events.  The only thing we ask is if someone plans to attend they let us know in advance to allow our front desk and drawing manager to be expecting them.

Where is the number on the ticket to enter the second-chance drawing?

If you can't find the 22-digit code you need to enter a second-chance drawing, please scratch all of the latex off the front of your ticket. The 22-digit code “floats” in the play area between the top of the ticket and the bottom of the ticket, but should be revealed once you have scratched the whole ticket. If you scratch the whole ticket and still don’t find a number, you can bring your ticket to our office, or contact our drawing manager.

How will I be notified if I win a second-chance drawing?

Our drawing manager’s first point of contact with winners is typically by phone. She will also try sending an email if she is unable to reach someone by phone. Finally, she will send a certified letter through the mail to notify an individual whose name has been drawn as a winner. We make every effort to contact the person whose name was drawn and we have 15 working days to make contact before moving on to alternates. Winners, once contacted, have 15 working days to claim a second-chance drawing prize.

Where can I find a list of second-chance drawing winners?

If you’re interested in a recent drawing and don’t see the winner posted, that usually means that we’re still in the process of contacting that individual or that individual has not yet claimed his or her prize. We will not post the winner’s name until the prize has been claimed. We appreciate your patience through that process.

Which games have second-chance drawings?

Select the link below to see a list of games that have second-chance drawings and the entry dates for those drawings.

second-change drawings

MyLottery Membership
How do I unsubscribe from your email alerts?

Log onto MyLottery using your current user ID and password.  This can be done from the MyLottery link on the very top of our website. After you log in you can access a link called "Unsubscribe" that can be found in the left navigation of the page.  That will take you to a personalized page that tells you what you are currently receiving and that will allow you to unsubscribe.

I forgot my password, how do I retrieve it?

Go to the MyLottery homepage by following this link:

MyLottery

At the bottom of the Log In box, you’ll see a link titled “Forgot Password.” Just click on that link and provide your email address, and your password will be sent to you.

How do I stop receiving text messages from you?

When you receive your next text message, respond by texting "stop", and that will take your phone off the mailing list.  Or log into your MyLottery account and update your profile to remove the option to receive messages to your phone.

Why am I not getting my email alerts that I signed up to receive?

Check your spam filters to ensure that emails from the Lottery aren’t being blocked from reaching you. Add MyLottery [Mylottery@coloradolottery.com] to your "Safe Senders" list and to your address book. We tend to have problems with Comcast and AOL in particular. You should also scan your junk folders to see if Lottery emails might be ending up there. Finally, you can contact your Internet Service Provider and have our email address added to your safe list.

We do send out an email with the numbers drawn after every draw for Powerball, Lotto and Cash 5 - but only to persons who have signed up to receive them. If you stopped receiving them, it is likely because your Internet provider has blocked us. When we are aware of an ISP blocking us, we try to work with them to whitelist us. But the ISP will respond to you better than to us. Comcast.net, Juno.com, and Yahoo.com seem to have occasional problems since they replace servers and forget to whitelist us on that server. If the message to you happens to go to that server, then it fails.

If you are not getting our email and try to sign up again, you will either succeed in signing up again or you will be told that you are already signed up. If you can sign up again, that means that our system has dropped you from the list because your ISP has rejected our email. We don't want to keep sending email to an address that rejects us or we will be treated as a spammer. If you are told that you are already signed up, then our emails are probably getting moved to a "junk mail" or "spam" folder by your email program. Check there and mark it as "not junk". If you want to whitelist us in your program (or with your ISP) you may need to know that our emails come from "mylottery@coloradolottery.com"

We do not send out spam. You must sign up to receive our emails. Every email contains a link that allows you to unsubscribe.

About the Lottery
How are the proceeds from the Colorado Lottery distributed?

Colorado Lottery proceeds are distributed according to the will of the voters through a 1992 amendment to the state constitution. That amendment provided a formula to phase out Lottery funding of the State Capital Construction Fund and to introduce a new proceeds recipient, the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO).

How do I go about recommending a project for Lottery funding?

Start with the public agency that will be receiving the Lottery funds. This will typically be a local parks and recreation service provider, such as your city or town, your county, and/or your park and recreation district.

How can I contact my local parks and recreation services provider?

Local governments are listed in the blue pages of your telephone directory.

Where can I find out about Lottery job opportunities?

Below is a link to the state Web site, where you can find all job openings, including any available at the Lottery, as well as the application form. If there are job openings at the Lottery, the positions are listed under the Department of Revenue.

View Job Openings

 

General
Why aren't winning numbers updated within a specific time period on the website?

Although the Colorado Lottery has the initial winning number information within minutes of each drawing, we do not post the information until it has gone through a verification process.  Only then is the information posted.

How can I claim a Lottery prize?

The Lottery offers players a number of ways to claim prizes.  You can mail the signed ticket to the Lottery's Pueblo Headquarters with a Lottery claim form, or in person at any one of the Lottery's four claims centers. Winning Powerball jackpots must be claimed at either the Lottery's Pueblo headquarters or Denver claims center. Lotto jackpots may be claimed at any of the Lottery's four offices.

Download Claim Form
Can I buy Colorado Lottery tickets by phone, mail, or on the Internet?

We do not offer an online or mail-in subscription service. We offer Advance Play through our retailers where you can play up to 26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto, and up to 91 draws for Cash 5 (13 weeks). Check the Advance Play box on the edge of your play slip. The retailer will ask you how many draws you'd like to play, and charge you accordingly. The same numbers will be played for all drawings purchased.

What happens if I lose a winning ticket?

Losing a Lottery ticket is like losing cash. Protect yourself by signing the back of your ticket and filling in your address. Unless signed, anyone who has the ticket can file a claim.The Colorado Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.

I am not a citizen of the United States. Am I allowed to purchase Colorado Lottery tickets and claim my winnings?

Yes.  You do not have to be a citizen of the United States to purchase Colorado Lottery tickets. The only difference is you will be taxed at a higher rate than citizens. Non-citizens are taxed at 34% (30% Federal; 4% State).

I went to redeem a ticket recently and received a message stating “not allowed to cash.” I know the ticket is a winner, so what’s going on and how do I claim my prize?

We suspect that you tried to cash your ticket during one of our draw breaks. We suspend the selling and cashing of jackpot tickets on the nights of our drawings in order to rebalance our system.

For Powerball, tickets cannot be sold or validated on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 7:30 p.m. and 7:33 p.m.  In addition, tickets cannot be validated until after the drawing at 9:00 p.m.

For Mega Millions, tickets cannot be sold or validated on Tuesdays and Fridays between 7:30 p.m. and 7:33 p.m.  In addition, tickets cannot be validated until after the drawing at 9:00 p.m.

For Lotto, tickets cannot be sold or validated Wednesdays and Saturdays between 7:30 p.m. and 7:33 p.m.

For Cash 5, tickets cannot be sold or validated Monday through Sunday between 7:30 p.m. and 7:33 p.m.

We suggest cashing your ticket outside of these time periods to avoid any problems. If you did have problems cashing a ticket and it wasn’t during a draw break, let us know, and we’ll investigate the problem.

I received an email saying that I won the Lottery. Is this legitimate?

No. It is a common scam. In Colorado, people who have won $599 or more must come to a Lottery office to claim their prize. 

Here are three things that you should do upon receipt of these kinds of emails:

  1. Do not reply to these emails
  2. Delete them without opening them and
  3. Add the address to your junk mail listing

Remember, it's a good rule of thumb to keep your bank account information and your mother's maiden name secure.  And you should never send money to these people.

What happens to the annuity when a jackpot winner dies?

Payments of the remainder of the prize goes to the estate of the deceased winner.

What is the percentage of Federal and State withholding taxes that are deducted from my prize? Am I subject to any other deductions?

Current tax withholding for U.S. citizens for prizes over $5,000 is 25% Federal and 4% State, for a total of 29%.

If you have outstanding payments due to the Department of Human Services, Department of Justice or Department of Personnel and Administration, these will be deducted from your prize valued at $600 or more. 

How are the drawings conducted for Jackpot games?

Mega Jackpot Games

  • The winning numbers for Powerball are generated using ball drop machines at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.  One machine holds the 59 white balls and another holds the 35 red ones.  The balls are released and air makes them circulate in the machine until they are drawn into the winning numbers chute.
  • The winning numbers for Mega Millions are also generated using ball drop machines at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia.  One machine holds the 56 white balls and another holds the 46 yellow ones.  The balls are released and air makes them circulate in the machine until they are drawn into the winning numbers chute.

In-State Jackpot Games

  • The winning numbers for Lotto and Cash 5 are generated from Automated Drawing Machines (ADM) in Pueblo, Colorado.  The ADM machines are stand alone PCs that do not connect to any other computer system including the Internet.  This PCs use a Random Number Generator (RNG) to select the winning numbers.  This RNG uses a software program that limits the range of numbers available (1-42 for Lotto and 1-32 for Cash 5) and also eliminates the possibility of duplicate numbers being drawn in a single drawing (i.e. Cash 5 winning numbers cannot include two “22”s in the set of 5 drawn numbers). 

Both the ADM and the ball drop machines are inspected by third-parties and certified by auditors prior to use.

Is it possible to purchase Colorado Lottery tickets online or through the mail?

We do not offer an online or mail-in subscription service. We offer Advance Play through our retailers where you can play up to 26 draws for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto, and up to 91 draws for Cash 5 (13 weeks). Check the Advance Play box on the edge of your play slip. The retailer will ask you how many draws you'd like to play, and charge you accordingly. The same numbers will be played for all drawings purchased.

Can I buy tickets on the Internet?

Colorado Lottery tickets can only legally be purchased at a Colorado Lottery sales terminal within the borders of Colorado. You can purchase Powerball tickets in any other lottery jurisdiction that sells the Powerball game. In general, a lottery can legally sell tickets on the Internet, but only to persons within its own state. No one can sell lottery tickets by mail or over the Internet across state lines or the U.S. national border.

Any Internet lottery site that purports to sell Powerball tickets, or “shares” of Powerball tickets to purchasers or to run a “service” for you, is operating illegally. They are not authorized by the Multi-State Lottery Association or by any U.S. lottery. There are legal Internet sales of lottery tickets in some states or countries, but only within the borders of that state/country or by agreement between nations. The United States has no agreements with any other nation to allow lottery tickets sales across the national border.

The laws of Colorado prohibit the purchase of another state’s lottery ticket across state lines. Federal laws also make out-of-state lottery plays across a state line illegal. But note that you can legally travel to another state, buy a ticket, and bring it back to your home state. Most countries prohibit the purchase of lottery tickets across their border.

How can I claim a prize for a Colorado Lottery ticket if I live outside the state?

To claim a prize for $600 or more from out of state, complete our claim form and the back of your winning ticket including your signature and mail to Colorado Lottery, Claims, P.O. BOX 7, Pueblo, CO  81002-0007. To claim a prize less than $600, just mail in your completed and signed ticket.  It usually takes three business days from receipt to process claims filed by mail. Please allow at least two weeks for postal delivery. To check the status of your claim, call 1-800-999-2959 and ask for the Claims department.

Download Claim Form
Can I charge the purchase of Lottery tickets?

According to the Colorado statute, tickets must be sold on a cash-only basis. The Lottery has interpreted "cash-only" to include checks, money orders and debit cards. Each individual Lottery retailer may have a different policy regarding accepting checks and debit cards for purchase. It is up to the retailer to determine which method of payment they will accept.

Can minors purchase Lottery tickets and/or claim prizes?

Tickets can be purchased as gifts for people under 18 years-old, but not by minors themselves. Anyone under the age of 18 must have received the ticket as a gift to claim the prize.

How long do I have to claim/redeem a winning ticket?

Colorado Lottery tickets (Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, Cash 5 and all Scratch games) can be redeemed up to 180 days after the drawing date for jackpot games or the announced end of game for each Scratch game. Game end dates for Scratch games are available by selecting each game in the Scratch section.