For the past 27 years, the Colorado Lottery has been serving Coloradoans in more ways than one. Both the lottery players and Colorado residents in general benefit from the efforts of the Colorado Lottery as money is given both to game winners and to the community for various projects, which will be discussed in a bit more detail below.
The Colorado Lottery started out as a single Scratch game in 1983 and has since grown to include tons of Scratch games and the more famous Jackpot games like Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, MatchPlay, and Cash 5. Prizes range from $1 up to $1,000,000 for Scratch games. The Jackpot games offer multi-million dollar prizes that everyone knows and loves. While it is true that it is nearly impossible to win the jackpot, a number of peoples’ lives have been changed by playing the Colorado Lottery! Also, keep in mind, every time you are hiking on a Colorado trail or fishing in a lake, for example, this is Colorado Lottery funds hard at work for Coloradoans everywhere.
In addition to giving back to the Scratch and Jackpot winners, the Colorado Lottery lives up to their social responsibilities by giving back to the community in various forms. Part of Colorado Lottery profits are given directly back to various park, recreation, open space, conservation education, and wildlife projects throughout the state of Colorado.
So far, the Colorado Lottery has returned more than $2.2 billion to state parks and other outdoor projects. This money has been working for Coloradoans since the Colorado Lottery started in 1983. Here are some of the organizations the Colorado Lottery has partnered with in their efforts to keep Colorado beautiful:
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) – This organization (funded solely by the Colorado Lottery) helps to fund new trails, recreation facilities, preserve land, improve water quality in rivers, and conserve wildlife habitats.
Conservation Trust Fund – This fund helps to acquire open space and other types of land, purchase equipment, provide park maintenance, develop new facilities, and much more.
Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation – All of Colorado’s 42 state parks use money from the Colorado Lottery to improve and maintain facilities, build trails, and acquire new land, equipment, and facilities.
School Health and Safety – After joining forces with Powerball in 1992, the Colorado Lottery uses remaining funds to address school health and safety issues. These funds are provided to the Colorado Public School Capitol Construction Assistance Fund.