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The Colorado Lottery
Address: 212 W. 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Main), Suite 210, Pueblo, CO, 81003-3227.
Internet: www.coloradolottery.com
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 -
Online:
Instant Only:

2,776
413
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

FINANCIALS
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        


Background

 

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 2015
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 2014
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 2013
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

News 2012
December 3, 2012 Colorado Lottery Posts Record Sales Week
October 27, 2012 Lottery Sees Payoff In Expanded Site
October 20, 2012 Pueblo Native Named to Lottery Commission
October 17, 2012 Colorado Attorney Frances Koncilja Appointed To Lottery Commission
September 12, 2012 Colorado Lottery Introduces Holiday Raffle
August 24, 2012 Lottery Commissioner Sought
August 17, 2012 Lottery Eyes Sharing Data Base With Other States
July 30, 2012 Colorado Lottery Celebrates Record-Breaking Year with $545 Million in Sales
July 13, 2012 Colorado Lottery Enjoys Record Sales Year
June 4, 2012 Colorado Lottery Ending Matchplay Game
May 24, 2012 Colorado Gaming Commission Raises Casino Taxes 5%
May 14, 2012 Colorado Lottery and Colorado Tourism Office Partner to Create “Hidden Gems Of Colorado” Scratch Ticket
April 21, 2012 Lawmakers Backtrack on New Lottery Game to Benefit Veterans
April 9, 2012 Bill To Create Special Lottery Ticket For Veterans To Be Introduced Today
April 4, 2012 Scaled-Back Video Lottery Bill Advances
April 2, 2012 Colorado Lottery Enjoys Record $21 Million Week
March 21, 2012 Legislative Backers Pushing For Scratch Lottery To Fund Veterans' Programs
March 21, 2012 Cactus Retains Colorado Lottery Ad Account
January 24, 2012 Lottery to Drop Matchplay Game
January 9, 2012 Colorado Lottery Introduces Scratch Tickets with Spanish Instructions

News 2011
November 5, 2011 Colorado Lawmakers Plan Legislation to Create Lottery Ticket for Veterans
October 20, 2011 Colorado Casinos Tax Break Eyed
August 29, 2011 Colorado Lottery Launches 'Protect Your Prize' Campaign
August 16, 2011 Governor Appoints Weld Republican to Lottery Commission
August 15, 2011 Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets in Colorado Will Soon Be Bilingual
August 5, 2011 Colorado Lottery Gets New Claims Office
August 3, 2011 Colorado Lottery Reports Record Sales of More Than $518 Million
July 22, 2011 Lottery Commissioners Elect Leadership Positions
July 21, 2011 New Colorado Gambling Board Meets; Takes No Action on Casino-Tax
July 08, 2011 Colorado Department of Revenue Takes Its Gambling Intercept Payment System One Step Further With Court Ordered Restitution
July 7, 2011 Governor Asks Three Members of the State's Gaming Commission to Resign Over Decision to Give Tax Break to Casinos
June 20, 2011 Colorado Lottery To Celebrate 764 Miles Of Trail On Bike To Work Day, June 22
June 13, 2011 Colorado Lottery Draws Winners In Last Bonus Millionaire Raffle Bonus Drawing
June 7, 2011 Gaming Commission Reduces Tax Rate on Casinos
May 16, 2011 Colorado Lottery Draws Ten Lucky Winners in Bonus Millionaire Raffle ‘BONUS’ Drawing
May 12, 2011 Scientific Games Awarded Colorado Lottery Systems Contract Extension
May 2, 2011 Colorado Lottery Draws Ten Lucky Winners in First Bonus Millionaire Raffle ‘Bonus™’ Drawing
April 27, 2011 Colorado Lottery’s Pueblo Office Lobby to Close Temporarily for Remodeling
April 28, 2011 Colorado Lottery’s First Bonus Millionaire Raffle Bonus™ Drawing To Be Held On May 1
April 13, 2011 Colorado Lottery’s Proceeds Dollars to Fund GOCO Youth Jobs Initiative
April 12, 2011 Colorado Lottery's New Bonus Millionaire Raffle Hits Stores Friday, April 15
March 9, 2011 Scientific Games Signs Colorado Lottery Instant Ticket Contract
February 20, 2011 House Bill to Expand Gaming in Colorado Would Use the Revenue to Prevent Companies from Off-Shoring Jobs
February 10, 2011 House Bill Would Allow State Lottery to Oversee Keno
January 24, 2011 The Colorado Lottery Recently Announced Several Employee Additions
January 18, 2011 Colorado Lottery MatchPlay Jackpot Gets Hit
January 11, 2011 MatchPlay Game Proving to be Colorado Lottery’s Best Kept Secret
Jan 3, 2011 Colorado Lottery’s Mega Millions Game Continues to Grow to Epic Proportions
Jan 1, 2011 Colorado Lottery Announce Winning Millionaire Raffle Numbers; First Ever Raffle at $20 a Ticket


News 2010
Dec 27, 2010 Colorado Lottery Announce Record Weekly Sales
Dec 22, 2010 Mega Millions and MatchPlay Christmas Eve Drawings Could Bring Joy to Colorado Players
Nov 10, 2010 Colorado Lottery Announces Deadline Date for Millionaire Raffle
Nov3, 2010 Anna Aragon Named New Executive Assistant at the Colorado Lottery
Nov 3, 2010 John Caligaris Named Fiscal Controller for the Colorado Lottery
Sept 28, 2010 Lottery Director Enjoying New Role
Sept 14, 2010 Lottery Launches New Limited-Time Jackpot Game
Sept 15, 2010 See Broncos Play In London -- Drawing Deadline Fast Approaching
Sep 5, 2010 Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Shift The Responsibility For Overseeing Bingo And Raffle Games
August 30, 2010 Former Lawmaker Abel Tapia At Home in New Colorado Lottery Job
August 11, 2010 The Bronco’s and Colorado Lottery Give Fans Second Chance
August 11, 2010 Colorado Lottery and Denver Broncos Launch New Scratch Game
August 9, 2010 Colorado Lottery Reports Sales of More Than $500 Million, Second Best Year on Record
July 19, 2010 Lottery Provides Second Chance To Win At State Fair
July 17, 2010 Pueblo State Senator Takes Over Colorado Lottery

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