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The Colorado Lottery
Address: 212 W. 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Main), Suite 210, Pueblo, CO, 81003-3227.
Phone: (719) 546-2400
Fax: (719) 546-5208
Population: 5.02
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Director: Laura Solano
Year Lottery Founded: 1983
Number of Employees: 126
Number of Retailers -
Instant Only:

Financial Reports:
FY10 Annual Report
Per Capita Sales: $103.18
On-line Vendor Contract: Scientific Games
May 11, 2004 - October 31, 2014
Number of Terminals: 2,421
Instant Ticket Vendor: GTECH and Pollard Banknote
March 1, 2011 - June 30, 2014
Advertising: Cactus Communications
July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2015.
Games Offered: Lotto - Instants - Cash 5 - Powerball - Keno
Sales Snap Shot
Sales Fy 2012 $545.30
Sales Fy 2011 $518.90
Sales Fy 2010 $501.20

Year Total Revenues Prize Liabilities Prize % Net Revenue Net %
2006 468,761,808 281,594,245 60.07% 122,056,613 26.04%
2007 455,916,812 276,916,405 60.74% 116,229,964 25.49%
2008 505,814,066 314,934,975 62.26% 119,471,630 23.62%
2009 493,364,094 301,674,566 61.15% 120,172,896 24.36%
2010 501,197,409 313,724,135 62.59% 113,053,729 22.56%
2011 518,920,841 TBA TBA TBA TBA
2012 545,303,548        



Ticket sales at the Colorado Lottery began January 24, 1983, after the legislature passed a lottery bill the previous summer. The first offering was the scratch game Instant Money Made from Scratch. Expected to generate $60 million in sales, it brought in $137 million in just five months.
Scratch games made up the Lottery’s entire portfolio for a full six years after its launch, as it wasn’t until 1989 that Lotto was added to the mix. Keno began in 1991, and Cash 5 in 1996. Not surprisingly, with each of these early game introductions, sales and revenues to beneficiaries rose to new record levels. Powerball began in 2001, and Mega Millions in 2010. Those two multistate games headline the Lottery’s current mix of draw games, which also includes Lotto and Cash 5.
Although offering a relatively limited game portfolio compared to other lotteries, the Colorado Lottery has a heritage of innovation and creative marketing, a tone set by its first director Owen Hickey. He believed in focusing on the positive aspects of lotteries. Such was Hickey’s influence that a prestigious NASPL award is now named after him.
Colorado was perhaps a little ahead of its time when it launched Perfecto games in 1998 – a suite of limited-run games that for the first time in the industry combined the action of instant games with the draw power of a jackpot game.
Revenues from the Colorado Lottery help improve the quality of life in the state. Beneficiaries include:

  • Conservation Trust Fund, 40 percent. This fund provides money to local parks and recreation providers for open space and land acquisition, equipment purchases, facility development, park maintenance, and for the renovation and restoration of local facilities.
  • Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, 10 percent. Lottery funds are used for trail construction and maintenance, land acquisition, equipment and facility purchases and maintenance of state parks facilities.
  • Public School Capitol Construction Assistance Fund receives excess GOCO revenues over $35 million annually.


News Archive for CY2016
March 28, 2016 Colorado Lawmakers to Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports Leagues
March 11, 2016 Totally Rad! Lottery Launches ATARI Scratch Ticket

News Archive for CY2015
November 24, 2015 Lottery Operation Displays High Standard of Compliance
August 12, 2015 Bacon-Scented Scratch Ticket Sizzles Into the Colorado Lottery
May 1, 2015 Lottery Makes Connection With Denver Int'l Airport
April 2, 2015 Colorado Lottery Tickets Come Back to Benefit Local Wildlife, Parks, and Recreation Projects

News Archive for CY2014
Nov. 10, 2014 The Colorado Lottery Offers Colorado A New Way To Play
Sept. 8, 2014 Scientific Games Awarded Three-Year Instant Game Contract Extension with Colorado Lottery
July 8, 2014 Jim Bensberg Appointed to the Colorado Lottery Commission
March 13, 2014 State Lottery Generated $143.5M in 2013
January 13, 2014 Colorado Department of Revenue Welcomes Laura Solano as the New Director of the Colorado Lottery

News Archive for CY2013
October 14, 2013 Plans to run Legislation to Deal with Lottery Audit Findings
October 7, 2013 Auditor Critical of Lottery Bonus Scheme
September 9, 2013 Colorado Lottery Commissioners Elect Leadership Postitions, New Commissioner Appointed
August 29, 2013 Colorado Lottery Stands by Decision to Award Contract
August 23, 2013 Colorado Department of Revenue’s Lottery Jackpot/Online Gaming Systems and Services Contract Awarded to GTECH Corporation
August 7 2013 Colorado Lottery Marks another Record Sales And Proceeds Year
July 25, 2013 Director of Colorado Lottery Division, Abel J. Tapia Retiring at the End of the Year
July 14, 2013 Colorado Lottery Turns 30 with $2.4 Billion for Trails, Parks Wildlife
July 10, 2013 Colorado Lottery Sales Strong in Grand Junction
April 29, 2013 Colorado Lottery’s New ‘PICK 3’ Game Now Available
April 8, 2013 Colorado Lottery to Launch New ‘PICK 3’ Jackpot Game on April 28
January 8, 2013 Colorado Lottery to Launch New Jackpot Game Named ‘Pick 3’
January 3, 2012 Jane Biglin Named New Colorado Lottery Deputy Director


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