In the past 35 years, we’ve invested $3.1 Billion to Colorado’s wilderness by creating trails, parks, pools, and recreation. So in a way, every time you play a game from the Colorado Lottery, you’re actually giving someone in our state the chance to play. The impact of Lottery dollars can be seen all across the state, in ways both big and small. Lucky you. Lucky us.
How do we decide where the money goes?
The Colorado Lottery is unlike any other lottery in the U.S. Why? Because in 1992, voters across Colorado made the decision to use profits from the sale of Lottery products to preserve and protect Colorado’s outdoors and all its grandeur. We distribute funds according to this formula: 50 percent to the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund, 40 percent to the Conservation Trust Fund, and 10 percent to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. GOCO funds in FY18 are capped at $66.2 million and funds that exceed the GOCO cap go to the Colorado Department of Education, Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund.
We’re partnering with other great Colorado organizations to make this all happen. Find our partners below:
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)
Great Outdoors Colorado funds projects that impact communities across the state. The Colorado Lottery is GOCO’s only funding source and provides GOCO with 50 percent of its proceeds, up to a $35 million cap in 1992 dollars, adjusted for inflation. If this percentage exceeds the adjusted cap, the remainder is distributed to the State Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund. In FY17, the distribution to GOCO was $64.4 million.
Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Administration of the Converation Trust fund (CTF)
The Conservation Trust Fund receives 40 percent of Lottery proceeds. Local parks and recreation providers receive money from the Conservation Trust Fund in proportion to their population so that every town, city, county and special district in Colorado benefits. The Lottery distributed more than $53.3 million to the fund in FY17 for open space and land acquisition, equipment purchases, facility development, park maintenance and renovation or restoration of local facilities.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife receives 10 percent of Lottery proceeds. Colorado’s 41 state parks use Lottery money for trail construction and maintenance, land acquisition, equipment and facility purchases and maintenance of state parks facilities. Lottery funding improves the state park experience for more than 12 million annual visitors. The Lottery distributed approximately $13.3 million in FY17 to Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Division of Public School Capital Construction Assistance – Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST)
The BEST program (Building Excellent Schools Today) receives Lottery spillover funds assisting Colorado schools in meeting students' fundamental education needs. To date, BEST has received more than $79 million from the Lottery to enhance schools across the state.