Colorado Lottery ticket sales benefit state

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Powerball tickets with the Colorado Lottery / Christina Dawidowicz -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Try your luck at the Colorado Lottery and you’ll put money towards the outdoors.

“Even if players have a non-winning ticket in Colorado, ultimately we all win,” said Laura Solano, Colorado Lottery director.

Colorado Lottery funds are divided among the Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. In the 33 years since the lottery started in Colorado, more than $2.8 billion went back to the state. So far, El Paso County has received nearly $180 million, while Pueblo County has received nearly $57 million.

It’s a big help to many organizations that aren’t taxpayer-funded, like Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“All of our funding either comes from our parks passes, our hunting licenses, all of the licenses that we sell and these lottery funds,” said Kyle Davidson, public information officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the southeast region.

For example, upkeep for Colorado state trails are funded solely by Colorado Lottery ticket sales.

According to Colorado Lottery officials, Cheyenne Mountain State Park has received more than $26 million in lottery funds, while the Arkansas Riverwalk in Pueblo has received $2.3 million, just to name a couple. Without those funds, a lot of the state’s parks and their amenities would be heavily impacted.

“A lot of people might take for granted the fact that they’re able to go to a state park and they’ve got these great bathroom facilities, they’ve got you know, amenities that make it a little bit more nice when they’re out camping and just enjoying days fishing or just spending it outside,” Davidson said.

There’s a chance the jackpot could get even bigger due to high Powerball sales. If no winner comes forward after the drawing Saturday night at 9 p.m., the jackpot could go over $1 billion.

You can buy a Powerball ticket until 7 Saturday evening.

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