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How to Play the Colorado Lottery

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The Colorado Lottery sold its first scratch ticket in 1983, and added the multi-state Powerball in 2001. Lottery proceeds go towards the State Park system. For fiscal year 2011, more than $113.4 million went back to Colorado for parks and trails.

Tickets can be purchased at most gas stations, grocery stores or convenience stores. Tickets must be purchased with cash, not credit cards. And if you do win - remember you only have 180 days to claim your winnings before it goes back to the state! Visit the Colorado Lottery official site for more details.

Powerball
To play, select five numbers from the first field of 55 numbers and one Powerball number from the second field of 35 numbers. Powerball is played in 42 states and Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For $1 more, you can choose the Powerplay to multiply your winnings by two, three, four or five.

  • Drawings: Every Wednesday and Saturday at 9 p.m.
  • Overall Odds: 1 in 32
  • Odds of Winning Top Prize: 1 in 176 million
  • Ticket Price: $2
  • Prizes: Rolling jackpots start at $15 million. Other prizes range from $4 to $1 million.
  • Powerball Winning Numbers

Mega Millions
To play, select five numbers from the first field of 56 numbers and one Megaplier number from the second field of 46 numbers. Mega Millions is played in 42 states and Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For $1 more, you can choose the Megaplier to multiply your winnings by two, three or four.

  • Drawings: Every Tuesday and Friday at 9 p.m.
  • Overall Odds: 1 in 40
  • Odds of Winning Top Prize: 1 in 175.5 million
  • Ticket Price: $1
  • Prizes: Rolling jackpots start at $12 million. Other prizes range from $2 to $250,000.
  • Mega Millions Winning Numbers

Lotto
Lotto is Colorado's in-state jackpot game, with rolling jackpots starting at $1 million. Select six numbers between one and 42. Prizes are awarded for matching three, four, five or six of the numbers.

  • Drawings: Wednesday - Saturday at 7:35 p.m.
  • Ticket Price: $1
  • Overall Odds: 1 in 35
  • Odds of Winning Top Prize: 1 in 5.25 million
  • Prizes: Rolling jackpots start at $1 million.
  • Lotto Winning Numbers

Cash 5
To play Cash 5, pick five numbers between one and 32. Match two, three, four or five numbers to win.

  • Drawings: Monday - Sunday at 7:35 p.m.
  • Ticket Price: $1
  • Overall Odds: 1 in 6.2
  • Odds of Winning Top Prize: 1 in 201,376
  • Prizes: $1 - $20,000
  • Cash 5 Winning Numbers

Scratch Tickets
Scratch tickets offer a higher chance of winning but smaller prizes than other lottery games. Scratch off the silver latex coating to unveil matching numbers or symbols. Even if you lose, save the tickets and mail them in for a second-chance drawing.

  • Ticket Prices: $1 - $20
  • Prizes: $1 - $1 million

Where to Claim Colorado Lottery Prizes

  • Prizes of $599 or less can be claimed at any Colorado Lottery retailer.
  • Prizes greater than $599 can be claimed at a Colorado Lottery office. Offices are located in Pueblo, Denver, Grand Junction and Fort Collins.
  • You may also mail your winning ticket to the main office in Pueblo. Remember to sign the back, and also keep in mind winning tickets can take up to three weeks to process.
If you're looking for some tips on winning, visit Lottery-Winning Tips that Really Work. If you're playing the lottery with co-workers, make sure to keep your lottery pool on the up-and-up with Lottery Pool Contract Questions.
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