The Colorado Lottery recorded its highest week of sales ever, thanks to the recent 550 million dollar Power Ball jackpot. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The state lottery more than doubled their average weekly sales, bringing in $22 million dollars. Lottery profits are divided up to benefit parks and recreation, wildlife and conservation projects throughout the state. Spokesman Matt Robbins says while the proceeds won’t be distributed until after December, some of the money is already being put to use.

“Like any business it’s in the bank, but we are also paying our bills with it. As we move forward, some of the marketing and other things that had to happen still have to be paid for it.”

Robbins also says a $2 million dollar prize has yet to be paid, and the retailer who sold the ticket will receive a commission. The new influx of money doesn’t necessarily mean more grants can be awarded but the grants cap amount could be re-evaluated. For KRCC news, I’m Katherine-Claire O’Connor.


Comments are closed.


Courtesy of Mimi Cheng's
November 25, 2015 | NPR · Chefs in New York City are packing turkey, cranberry, gravy and stuffing together into small, savory packages. These one-bite wonders take the form of dumplings, croissants and meatballs.

Getty Images
November 25, 2015 | NPR · Daily fantasy sports companies are in a battle with New York’s attorney general over the legality of their games. A judge there will weigh in on whether fantasy sports is based on skill or chance.

November 25, 2015 | NPR · Inspired by the events at Mizzou, students at Occidental College in Los Angeles recently got administrators to agree to a list of demands and are pledging to hold them accountable.

Arts & Life

Taji Marie for NPR
November 25, 2015 | NPR · Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition. But if you’re ready for a fresh take on this staple, why not try cranberries in chutney or cake? America’s Test Kitchen founder Chris Kimball offers ideas.

November 24, 2015 | NPR · What would a small dinosaur look like in Class V rapids? That’s the question Pixar filmmakers had to answer for their film The Good Dinosaur. So they piled into a raft to figure it out for themselves.

November 24, 2015 | NPR · A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik’s Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik’s Cube competition in 1981.


Sony Legacy
November 25, 2015 | NPR · “It’s these fresh vocal cords that haven’t been abused yet, broken in yet.” Susan Stamberg dives into Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air, a box set of rare radio broadcasts.

Courtesy of the artist
November 24, 2015 | NPR · The singer’s career has been a story in numbers, and not just the ones in her album titles. She discusses motherhood, stage fright, the Spice Girls and more in an extended chat with Ari Shapiro.

Courtesy of the artist
November 24, 2015 | NPR · The Danish composer’s evocative song cycle let me tell you features an ingenious mashup of all the words allotted to Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac