State lottery generated $143.5M in 2013

DENVER – The Colorado Lottery this week said it collected $143.5 million on the sales of lottery tickets and games in 2013, and will return $133.4 million, or 93 cents of every dollar, of that amount in the form of grants and prize payouts to communities statewide.

The state-run program oversees a variety of scratch games as well as jackpot games: Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto and Cash 5.

In Boulder, retailers who are associated with the program, collected $5 million last year. Fort Collins retailers collected $3.2 million, Greeley retailers took in $2.7 million, and retailers in Broomfield collected $1.4 million.

The money from the games are spent on improving the quality of life in Colorado, according to spokeswoman Brooke Christopher. Money is spent on parks, recreation, open space, conservation and wildlife projects.

Examples of these lottery contributions are the $40,834 that went toward the Valmont Bike Park sign program in 2011 and the $297,600 in the Scott Carpenter Park Irrigation upgrades in 2012, both in Boulder.

In Greeley, $1.8 million was spent to develop the Poudre Bluff/Poudre River Corridor, and $1.3 million went toward the Siebring Reservoir/Poudre River Corridor in 2012.

In Fort Collins, $421,816 was spent to develop the Fossil Creek Trail at Stanton Creek in 2012, and $85,000 went toward the Hughes Stadium Disc Golf Course in 2011.

In Broomfield, $200,000 was used to develop Northmoor Park improvements in 2011, and $28,723 was used toward the Broomfield Trail expansion.

For the past 31 years, the lottery has given more than $5.5 billion in prizes to players statewide.

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