The Colorado Lotto offers players great winning odds with a 6/42 lottery structure, and a promise to make 1 out of every 35 tickets a winner.
Colorado Lotto History
The Colorado Lotto held its first draw on January 24, 1989. The lottery is run by the state-funded Colorado Lottery, which also supervises Colorado’s three other lotteries. At the outset, the Colorado Lotto was only drawn on Saturdays. On July 18, 1990, the lottery started a second weekly draw on Wednesdays. Since it began in 1989, the Colorado Lotto has distributed more than $3.4 billion in prizes. Colorado Lotto’s biggest jackpot, $27 million, was won in 1992.
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Colorado Lotto Rules
The Colorado Lotto uses a single drum lottery format with one guess range. To play, select six numbers between 1 and 42. Players at theLotter can play with a 6 or 10 line entry form. Participants can choose to have the system randomly select their numbers (Quick Pick), use saved numbers from theLotter account (My Lucky Numbers) or manually select numbers (Natural Selection). Subscriptions and Multi-Draws offer players a way to never miss a draw and to benefit from great discounts when playing Colorado Lotto and buying lottery tickets online at theLotter!
Colorado Lotto draws are held in Pueblo, Colorado every Wednesday and Saturday at 01:35 GMT, and ticket sales close three hours before the draw on theLotter. Lottery results are drawn from a computerised random number generator, which conducts two test drawings prior to the actual draw to ensure 100% randomisation and fairness.
Colorado Lotto players can also check rule information at the official website here.
Winning the Colorado Lotto
To win the jackpot, players must match all six numbers selected from the 1-42 guess range. Colorado Lotto has three secondary prize categories, which award players for matching 3, 4, or 5 numbers. The jackpot starts at $1 million and will roll over to the next draw if the top prize is not won. The rollover amount is dependent on the number of Colorado Lotto tickets sold before the next draw.
If a draw produces more than one first prize winner, the jackpot will be divided equally among the winners. The prize value for the secondary prizes is based on the ticket sales for the draw and the number of winners in each category. All jackpot prizes are subject to 34% taxation and are available in a lump sum or an annuity. Colorado Lotto prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the draw.
The Colorado Lotto has competitive winning odds, promising a jackpot to 1 in every 5.24 million tickets and making 1 in 35 players winners of one of the lottery’s secondary prizes .
The biggest jackpot to date in the Colorado Lotto was $27 million, won by Kim Walker from Boulder, Colorado in March 1992. Not only was this jackpot the lottery’s biggest, but Kim was coincidentally also the 100th Colorado Lotto millionaire!
Colorado Lotto results are posted on theLotter starting at 7:00 GMT the morning after a draw. Click here for online lotto results for more than 70 state, national and continental lotteries.
Colorado Lotto Statistics
The Colorado Lotto allocates at least 50% of total sales to prize funds. Since its beginning, the lottery has donated more than $2.3 billion to Colorado for the building and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities, as well as conservation, education and wildlife projects.