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“Giving is Sweet” Shopping Spree Draw Next Week

Dec. 10, 2013 – There’s just one week before the Colorado Lottery announces the winners of its “Giving is Sweet” promotional giveaway, including one lucky winner of a $5,000 shopping spree.  Have you entered yet? Players don’t need to buy any tickets to get in on this holiday special offer.  To enter, just go to the Lottery’s “Giving is Sweet” webpage and enter your name, email and phone number. That’s it.  Just take a few seconds out of your day, and you’ll be in the running for the $5,000 shopping spree or one of 10 winners who will score awesome scratch-off prize packages. The shopping spree winner will simply get cash to take themselves out to the stores, but the value of that top prize was determined by the Colorado Lottery’s fans over the course of the promotion. When the “Giving is Sweet” promotion began, the Lottery started sharing their holiday ticket ads through their Facebook page, and told their fans that the more “shares” each ad got, the more that shopping spree prize would be worth. Now, the “Giving is Sweet” videos have been shared more than 4,000 times altogether, maxing out the value of the shopping spree at $5,000. The ten runners-up to the shopping spree winner could end up walking away with a bigger haul, however.  Each of those winners will be awarded $140 worth of the Colorado Lottery’s scratch-offs, including 12 $5 tickets, 10 $3 tickets, 10 more $2 tickets, and 30 $1 tickets. All those scratch-offs could make great gifts for the holidays too… or they could make some of those lucky winners rich.  Either way, giving is sweet, and next week, the Colorado Lottery will be giving 11 winners a holiday...

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One Month Before “Giving Is Sweet” Shopping Spree Award

Nov. 18, 2013 – As part of their “Giving Scratch is Sweet” holiday scratch-off promotion, the Colorado Lottery has been taking entries into a special contest that will make holiday shopping a lot easier for one lucky winner. On Dec. 17, the Lottery will choose the winner of a holiday shopping spree that could be worth up to $5,000.  The value of the shopping spree, however, depends on the players. The Lottery has been releasing videos advertising their new holiday-themed scratch-off cards through Facebook, and are asking Lottery fans to share those videos. The more times the videos are shared through Facebook, the more the Lottery will give to the lucky shopping spree winner once the contest is over. According to the contest rules, the Colorado Lottery’s Facebook fans – about 42,000 people – need to share the videos a total of just 4,000 times for the Lottery to award a $5,000 shopping spree. Along with the shopping spree winner, the Lottery will also be giving 10 winners some incredible scratch-off packages.  With more than 60 tickets in all, each of the 10 scratch-off packages is worth $140. Entering into the Shopping Spree contest is simple.  Simply provide the Lottery with your name, email address and phone number, and you’re in!  Players with MyLottery accounts, the Colorado Lottery’s free, online VIP club can enter through MyLottery once logged...

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Get a Taste of Colorado with the Lottery

A Taste of Colorado is coming back for its thirtieth year to give you a chance to bite into the best of Colorado Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. A Taste of Colorado gives residents and visitors a chance to sample the best that Colorado has to offer. Featuring the best foods, music and live entertainment, A Taste of Colorado is a great way for the family to celebrate Labor Day. If you’re hungry this weekend, come indulge in some Colorado favorites. There will be foods from Colorado favorite restaurants including Colorado Buffalo Grill, GiGi’s Cupcakes, Pop’s Rocky Mountain Kettle Corn, Rocks Modern Grill, and more. In addition to restaurants, there will be cooking tips and demos from top chefs like Albert Bartlett. So cure your hunger pains with food, cooking tips, and all the good eats you can indulge in. If music is what you want, then sink your teeth into live performances from featured artists. There will be four stages set up, with Colorado favorites playing everyday. Big names include Dennis DeYoung, Aaron Neville, MC Hammer, Casey James, and America. In addition to live music, there will be arts and crafts as well as other entertainment for all ages. A Taste of Colorado will feature a fireworks celebration in honor of 30 years of fun eats. There will be places to watch any game you are missing, a pub to drink local beers, a karaoke bar where you can belt out your favorites, and more. Check out the Taste of Colorado website for a full list of what you can do this Labor Day weekend. The Colorado Lottery will be there to give you a taste of their most popular games. If you stop by the Colorado Lottery booth and purchase a Powerball with Power Play ticket, you will receive a free $.50 Pick 3 ticket. The Colorado Lottery sponsors events throughout the state to raise awareness of its games and beneficiaries. Keep up with Colorado Lottery Events for more ways to interact with the...

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Colorado Lottery’s Contract Decision Baffles Current Vendor

July 22, 2013 – In what has been described by experts and parties involved as a “weird” and concerning bidding process, the Colorado Lottery accepted a bid from Gtech Corp., awarding them a $62 million contract to replace current operations manager Scientific Games International. Scientific Games entered a bid to continue their management of the Lottery in competition with both Gtech – an Italy-based corporation, and Intralot – a Greek company with offices in Georgia. Following the decision, Scientific Games’ regional vice president for government relations, Patrick Traub, told the Denver Post that aspects of the contract bids were unfairly weighted – in Gtech’s favor. The five-member panel which considered the contract bids weighted price at only 10 percent of the factors leading  to their decision.  Byron Boothe, vice president of government relations for Intralot, told the Post price was normally weighted at 30 to 40 percent. “Gtech could have charged $300 million and Scientific Games could have charged $1 and Gtech would still have won,” Traub said. Adding to the confusion is the makeup of the board which made the contract decision.  According to the Post, there is no record of why the members were chosen to evaluate bids, by whom they were appointed, or even when they met to discuss the three proposals. While sales have increased steadily in the past few years, the state’s payments to beneficiaries, like the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund, have grown very little. State Sen. Steve King told the Post that “there has been audit after audit showing problems” with the lottery’s in-house management – that is to say operations handled by the lottery itself, rather than a contractor. Audits over the past ten years have shown the lottery spending excessively, incurring unnecessary travel costs, and even lottery employees taking gifts from vendors – a violation of most government employee ethical codes as it can lead to conflicts of interest. While official protests of the decision by Scientific Games and Intralot were denied, Scientific Games does not expect to pursue the...

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Weekly Highlight – The Colorado Lottery

July 13, 2013 – 30 years ago, in 1983, the Colorado Lottery got its start selling just one scratch-off ticket.  At the time, Lottery officials projected they’d sell $60 million worth of tickets, but in the first six months they easily doubled that expectation. The tradition of strong sales continues today, and the Colorado Lottery makes important contributions to the state projects every year. In 1982, when the Lottery was approved by state lawmakers, it was deemed that 40 percent of their profits would go towards the state’s Conservation Trust Fund, 10 percent would help fund State Parks, and the remainder would be spend on construction projects in the capital. Since 1993, 50 percent of Lottery proceeds have been directed towards the GOCO trust fund – Great Outdoors Colorado – while the 40 percent for the Conservation Fund and 10 percent for the State Parks fund remain. The Lottery’s GOCO funding is capped at almost $60 million this year, and when that cap is reached the extra profits go directly into education programs across Colorado. Since getting their start, the Colorado Lottery has returned almost $2.5 billion to statewide programs, thanks to successful in-state games, exciting play with the Multi-State Lottery Association, and most recently with a strong social media campaign. While the Lottery is thrilled about its success in funding state programs, it also loves making winners.  In its 30-year history, Colorado’s Lottery has paid out $4.9 billion to lottery winners. This year, winners collected $347.5 million in prizes from the Lottery – that’s about $67 dollars per person in the state! Today, the Colorado Lottery offers players five numbers games including Powerball and Mega Millions, as well as 84 active scratch-off games ranging from $1 to $20 to buy, with prizes up to $1 million. Visit the Colorado Lottery’s website to learn more about their games, where the money goes, and how every dollar helps make Colorado a better place to live and play....

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Get ready for the Colorado State Fair with the Lottery and a chance to win a Dodge Dart SXT

The Colorado Lottery is getting ready for the 2013 Colorado State Fair and giving you chances to win prizes including a 2013 Dodge Dart SXT with their State Fair Drawing, lasting from now until August 16. To enter, you can go to any participating Loaf ‘N Jug location and enter any non-winning Colorado Lottery tickets from the past year to be entered into the daily drawings at around 6:00pm MST. The Grand Prize drawing will be on September 2, at approximately 2:30pm MST. All drawings will be held at the Colorado Lottery/ Loaf ‘N Jug building at the Colorado State Fair grounds. The grand Prize is a 2013 Dodge Dart SXT and $2,000 cash. The Dodge Dart SXT is the ultimate car for those who want to turn heads and control the road. The SXT features 17″ wheels, available 1.4L Turbo engine with MultiAir, projector headlamps, remote keyless entry, available automatic or manual transmission, and more. This prize is valued at $33,965, and is sure to have people darting to check it out. Along with the Grand Prize, there will be 11 winners who receive $300 worth of colorado Lottery scratch-off tickets. there will also be a $3,000 cash prize as well as a $1,000 cash prize. Entries will be accepted until August 16, and will resume at the Colorado State Fairgrounds on August 23 through september 2 at 2:00pm. The Lottery will be at the Loaf ‘N Jug building throughout the state fair so anyone 18 years and older can come see all the lottery has to offer. The Colorado State Fair will be celebrating its 144th year and will be held in Pueblo, CO. The fair will be open August 23 through September 2 from 12:oopm-11:00pm MST Monday-Thursaday, and will open at 10:00am MST Friday-Sunday. The first ever Colorado State Fair was held in 1869 in PUeblo, CO as a horse show, and from there the tradition grew to include food, fun games, prizes, concerts, and more. This year’s fair will feature parades, carnival...

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