Colorado has a range of awesome games for players to try, and on this page you can find information including how to buy tickets, the draw schedule, how to claim a prize, and the history of the CO Lottery.
Colorado offers an interesting take on the concept of a state lottery - the Colorado Lottery is actually an enterprise fund that receives no money from the Colorado General Fund in order to operate successfully. With more than 30 years of experience, the Colorado Lottery is dedicated to creating big winners and preserving the state's natural beauty.
To find the latest numbers from Colorado draw games, follow the links below or on the left menu.
Buying Lottery Tickets
Individiuals who do not live in the USA can take part in Powerball and Mega Millions by using regulated online services, however the only way to play Colorado-only games is to visit the Centennial State and purchase a ticket from a lottery agent.
Colorado Lottery Drawing Schedule
|Ticket Sales Close At*
|Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
|Tuesday & Friday
|Lucky for Life
|Wednesday & Saturday
|1:36 PM and 7:36 PM
|1:30 PM and 7:30 PM
|*Times are shown in Mountain Time. Lottery tickets in Colorado are not available to purchase before 4:30am Monday through Saturday or before 8:00 AM on Sundays.
The Colorado Lottery sells tickets for popular multi-state games Mega Millions and Powerball. Colorado is also one of the select lotteries offering the Powerball Double Play add-on. Double Play costs $1 more and gives a second chance for your numbers to win in a separate draw with cash prizes of up to $10 million.
CO residents can also purchase tickets for a variety of great in-state draw games:
Lotto is Colorado's very own jackpot game. In operation since 1989, it offers residents the chance to win a rolling jackpot worth a minimum of $1 million. Each $2 ticket also comes with a multiplier that increases non-jackpot prizes by up to 5x. Draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:35 PM. Add the Plus option for $1 more and your numbers will be entered in a second drawing with a top prize of $250,000.
Pick 3 has two draws daily with the chance to win prizes of up to $500 on a $1 wager. The Midday draw takes place at 1:36 PM every day and the Evening draw follows at 7:36 PM. Pick 3 is the state's only draw game with a selection of wagers, and there are also a range of fun bet types.
Cash 5 gives players the chance to win a top prize of $20,000 every day of the week! Drawings are held nightly at 7:35 PM and tickets cost just $1 per line. Players select five numbers from 1 to 32. To win the top prize, you'll have to match all five numbers drawn.
Scratch games are a great choice for those who want the chance to be rewarded right away! These games can be purchased from authorized Colorado Lottery retailers and have a price range from $1 to $20. The higher the price of the ticket, the greater the amount and value of the prizes you could win.
Claiming Colorado Lottery Prizes
Players have 180 days from the date of a drawing to redeem a Lotto, Cash5, Powerball or Mega Millions games. Scratch prizes expire 180 days after the announced end-of-game date.
If you win a prize worth $599 or less, you can usually redeem it any authorized Colorado Lottery retailer. You can also visit one of the four claims centers in the state to redeem your prize. These offices are located in Denver, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Be sure to bring the signed winning ticket and photo ID when you visit.
Prizes worth $600 or more must be claimed at one of these four centers or claimed by mail.
Any prize worth more than $5,000 will have 24 percent deducted for federal taxes and additional four percent will be deducted for Colorado state taxes.
Claim a prize by mail
To redeem prizes of $599 or less, send the original signed winning ticket to the address below.
If you've won $600 or above, fill out a prize claim form and send the form and ticket to:
PO Box 7
Pueblo, CO 81002
All up to two weeks for your claim to be processed. The lottery will mail out a check.
History of the Colorado Lottery
The Colorado Lottery was established on July 1st, 1982 in order to provide funding for the state's Conservation Trust Fund as well as state parks, outdoor recreation initiatives and construction projects. The first game, a scratchcard, went on sale in January 1983. Sales far outpaced initial expectations and the first lottery drawing was held on April 23rd of that same year.
Lotto, the state's first jackpot game, was launched in 1989 and the Colorado Lottery began selling Powerball tickets in August 2001. Mega Millions tickets went on sale in Colorado on May 16th, 2010.
Lotto was adapted in September 2019, as the number of balls to pick from went down from 42 to 40 - improving the odds of winning the jackpot. Lotto Plus was also introduced, creating more ways to win prizes.
The Colorado Lottery is set to continue operating until 2024, and given its popularity among residents, they won't need to worry about that upcoming deadline!
You must be at least 18 years old to play Colorado Lottery games.