Jan 27, 2021

Coloradans and the Lottery are the big winners when Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots roll past a billion.

Reaching a record $1.736 billion in combined jackpots before being won, the lengthy run of both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots resulted in big wins for the Colorado Lottery, businesses, players and the beneficiaries that support the outdoors and school construction.

From the time the dueling jackpots reached about $400 million each at the beginning of the month until both jackpots were hit in the past week, each national game had six drawings. During that run from Jan. 2 - 22 when Mega Millions was won, the Colorado Lottery sold $33,624,612 in Powerball and Mega Millions tickets alone, a more than 526% increase from the same time frame last year.

Of the thousands of tickets sold, big winners ranged from $10,000 - $1 million. Here is a list of the Lottery’s big winners during this historic dueling jackpot run.

Powerball Big Winners

Draw Date     Amount Won      Retailer Name, Address, City

1/20/2021      $150,000           Walmart, 21475 E. Quincy Ave. in Aurora

1/20/2021      $150,000           Broadway Wine & Spirits, 207 Broadway in Sterling

1/16/2021      $50,000             A-B Petroleum, 715 S. Main St. in Breckenridge

1/13/2021      $1,000,000        7-Eleven, 19390 E. Quincy Ave. in Aurora

1/13/2021      $50,000             Winner's Corner/Jackpocket, 550 E Abriendo in Pueblo

1/9/2021        $100,000           King Soopers, 25701 E. Smoky Hill Rd. in Aurora

1/9/2021        $50,000             Safeway, 1425 S Murray Blvd. in Colorado Springs

1/6/2021        $50,000             Stinker Store, 2160 S. Havana St. in Aurora


Mega Millions Big Winners

Draw Date     Amount Won       Retailer Name, Address, City

1/22/2021      $20,000             King Soopers, 2910 S. Academy Blvd. in Colorado Springs

1/19/2021      $20,000             Exxon, 2651 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton

1/19/2021      $10,000             Soaring V Fuels, 14440 County Road 100 in Nunn

1/15/2021      $10,000             King Soopers, 1545 S. Kipling St. in Lakewood

1/12/2021      $20,000             Dove Creek Superette, 455 HWY 491 in Dove Creek

1/8/2021        $10,000             Bobs Liquor, 3519 N El Paso St. in Colorado Springs

1/5/2021        $10,000             7-Eleven, 4277 N. Taft Ave. in Loveland


“Large national jackpots are an incredible gift to the Lottery and its beneficiaries. When we reach the Great Outdoors Colorado proceeds cap early, as we did the last time we had a $1 billion jackpot run, we are able to provide even more proceeds to Building Excellent Schools Today, which is the spillover beneficiary,” said Tom Seaver, director of the Colorado Lottery. “These historic bumps in sales means even more parks, recreation and conservation projects across the state receive critical funding in these times of historic use of the outdoors during the pandemic.”

When Colorado plays, the state’s outdoor spaces are the big winners. While the amount of every dollar spent that goes to Lottery beneficiaries averages $.23 across all games, for national jackpot games $.39 cents of every dollar spent goes back to Lottery proceeds partners.

That’s $13,113,599 that will go back to Lottery beneficiaries. Of that, Great Outdoors Colorado receives 50% or $6,556,800; Conservation Trust Fund gets 40%, $1,311,340; and Colorado Parks & Wildlife receives 10%, $5,245,440. The last time dueling jackpots reached over $1.5 billion in 2018, the Lottery was able to reach its GOCO cap by May of that year. 

Businesses win, too. Colorado Lottery retailers, grocery and convenience stores and others make up the nearly 3,000 Lottery retailers. Retailers make a 6% selling commission on every ticket they sell and 1% commission on winning tickets of $599 or less that they validate. Retailers received a boost of $2,017,477 on Lottery ticket sales alone during the double jackpot run, a more than 700% combined increase over the same time period last year.

Large jackpots also excite people to play other Lottery games, and the Lottery’s total sales reflected that. Compared to last year, sales for this same time period were up more than 50%.

Before the $731.1 million Powerball jackpot was won in Maryland on Jan. 20, and the Mega Millions jackpot was hit on Jan. 22, dueling jackpots of this size had not been achieved since 2018. For Powerball, this jackpot was the 4th-largest in its history and the 2nd-largest for Mega Millions.

Colorado has not had a Mega Millions jackpot winner since joining the game in 2007, but it’s seen three Powerball jackpot winners. A Clifton player won $133.2 million Sept. 16, 2017; $90 million was won in Rifle Aug. 9, 2014; and a 2007 winning ticket sold in Westminster for $20 million.

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