|Lucky For Life||
|Pick 3 Midday||
|Pick 3 Evening||
About the Colorado Lottery
The Colorado Lottery started in 1983, and it has been a self-funded enterprise since. Not only does the lottery operate using only its own revenues, it has also paid out more than $5 billion in prizes.
More importantly, the Colorado Lottery has also raised over $3.5 billion to support Colorado state projects, notably those concerned with parks, recreation, wildlife, and public school construction.
Colorado Lottery Tickets
You can get official Colorado Lottery tickets from any of the authorized resellers and sales terminals throughout the state.
Can I buy CO Lottery tickets online?
Unfortunately, you can’t. The Colorado Lottery doesn’t sell tickets through the web, by phone, or by mail. You can, however, go to your nearest retailer and buy advance tickets for up to 26 draws (for Powerball, Mega Millions, or Lotto) or 91 draws (for Cash 5).
CO Lottery Tickets Payment Methods
Generally, you can pay for lottery tickets with cash. Depending on the retailer, you might also be able to buy tickets using checks or debit cards.
Colorado Lottery Games and Drawing Schedules
To play, you pick 5 numbers from 1-48 and a Lucky Ball number from 1-18.
A jackpot win gives you $1,000 a day for life — all you need to do is match all 6 winning numbers. The second prize win, meanwhile, gives you $25,000 a year for life. You can win this by matching all 5 regular numbers but not the Lucky Ball.
Lucky for Life draws take place every Monday and Thursday.
Lotto+ is the Colorado Lottery’s flagship game. The jackpot starts at $1 million, and it increases with every draw that doesn’t have a winner.
To play, you must select 6 numbers from 1-40. You must match all 6 winning draw numbers to hit the jackpot. You can also enable Plus for extra cost to your ticket. Plus enters you into a second draw that takes place immediately after the main draw, where another set of numbers are drawn.
Lotto Draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday.
Cash 5 is a daily game with a fixed jackpot of $20,000. To play, you must pick 5 different numbers from 1 to 32. You must match all 5 winning draw numbers to snag the jackpot.
You can also win instant cash prizes by paying extra to play EZ Match. When you do so, 5 EZ Match numbers get printed on your ticket. If any of these match your chosen numbers, you win the corresponding cash prize.
Cash 5 draws are held every evening.
The Colorado Pick 3 lottery game offers jackpots of up to $2500 twice a day. How much you can win, however, depends on your chosen playstyle and your bet value.
To play, you must pick a number from 000 to 999. You then choose a playstyle and bet value, as well as a draw schedule (midday, evening, or both). You win the jackpot when your combination matches the winning draw numbers in exact order.
You can choose from the following playstyles:
- Exact Order: You must match the winning numbers in the exact order.
- Any Order: You can match the winning numbers in any order.
- Exact + Any Order: You can match the winning numbers in any order or in exact order.
- Front Pair: You select 2 numbers (instead of 3). These must match the first 2 of the winning draw in exact order.
- Back Pair: You select 2 numbers (instead of 3). These must match the last 2 of the winning draw in exact order.
Colorado Pick 3 games take place at midday and evening every day.
Colorado Lottery Game Schedules
|Lucky for Life||Mondays and Thursdays||8:38 PM|
|Lotto||Wednesdays and Saturdays||7:35 PM|
|Cash 5||Every day||7:35 PM|
|Pick 3||Every day||1:30 PM and 7:35 PM|
Notable Winners of Colorado Lotteries
Here are some of the Colorado Lottery’s notable winners for 2018 and 2019:
- A player from Denver and another from Eagle each won $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky for Life
- Gilbert and Lory M. of Granby won the $6.5M jackpot for the Lotto draw on August 25, 2018
- Robert M. of Pueblo won the $7.1M Lotto jackpot for the April 14, 2018 draw
- Kris M. won a total of $200,000 after her 6 Cash 5 tickets left her with 12 jackpot wins for the same draw.
Scratch-off games have also seen many big wins:
- Diego B. of Denver won $250,000 playing the second-chance bonus draw for Wonka’s Golden Ticket
- Elenna R. of Denver won $750,000 playing the second-chance game for Back in the Bucks / Back to Back Winnings
- Donald U. from Parker won $100,000 playing the Super Giant Crossword
Colorado Lottery Scratch-Off Games
Colorado Lottery Scratch-Off Games
The Colorado Lottery offers tons of scratch-off games at the following price points:
Prizes can go as high as $3 million depending on the game you play.
Colorado Lottery Free Play Games
Unlike many state lotteries, Colorado doesn’t have instant-win games like Keno that offer chances to win quick cash prizes. You can, however, play several luck games for free on the Colorado Lottery website.
Colorado Lottery Second Chances
What is Second Chance?
Second chance games offer another chance to win with your non-winning draw game tickets or scratch cards. All you need to do is enter your non-winning tickets and wait for the draw outcomes. Which tickets are eligible, the frequency of second-chance draws and the prizes on offer all depend on the lottery operator.
To learn more, check out our article on second chance games.
How does Second Chance work for the CO Lottery?
The Colorado Lottery runs limited-time second-chance game promotions for selected jackpot and scratch-off games. Depending on the game, prizes can run up to $1M per bonus draw.
To enter second-chance games, you must create or log into your Colorado MyLottery account. Registration is free. For scratch-off games, you can enter your ticket code through the website or by scanning using the mobile app. For jackpot games, you’ll need to scan your ticket with the mobile app.
Information on the Colorado Lottery
Colorado Lottery Claims Centers
You can claim your winnings by sending your signed lottery ticket to the Colorado Lottery, PO Box 7, Pueblo, CO 81002. It takes one week to process and send you the corresponding check.
You can also claim your winnings at any of these Claims Centers:
|Pueblo (Claims Center HQ)||225 N Main Street, Pueblo, CO 81003||Tel.: (719) 546-2400
Fax: (719) 546-5208
|Fort Collins||3030 S College Avenue, Suite 100, Ft. Collins, CO 80525||Tel.: (970) 416-5993
Fax: (970) 416-6384
|Denver||720 S Colorado Blvd, Suite 110A, Denver, CO 80246||Tel.: (303) 759-3552
Fax: (303) 759-6847
|Grand Junction||222 S 6th Street, Room 112, Grand Junction, CO 81501||Tel.: (970) 248-7053
Fax: (970) 248-7055
Colorado Lottery Customer Support
You can reach the Colorado Lottery by the toll-free hotline: 1-800-999-2959. You can also email them through the Contact Us form on the Colorado Lottery’s official website.
Colorado Lottery Social Accounts
You can get news and information through the Colorado Lottery’s official social media accounts:
Colorado Lottery Apps and Technology
You can download and install the Colorado Lottery app for iOS and Android. You can’t play games or buy tickets directly through the app, but you can still do a lot with the following features:
- Check winning numbers and current jackpots
- Set mobile alerts for your favorite games or certain jackpot amounts
- Scan your tickets to check if you’ve won
- Enter bonus draws through your MyLottery account
- Find your nearest Colorado Lottery retailers