Colorado’s take

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

Colorado’s share of the Power­ball is 24 per­cent of tick­ets sold in the state. Last fis­cal year, the state col­lected $128 mil­lion from all lot­tery sales. This year, there could be a new record, Colorado Lot­tery spokes­woman Brooke Christo­pher said. Three state out­door agen­cies are the pri­mary ben­e­fi­cia­ries: Great Out­doors Colorado gets 50 per­cent; the Con­ser­va­tion Trust Fund gets 40 per­cent; and Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets 10 per­cent. Ev­ery cent over a state-man­dated cap, which was about $126 mil­lion last year, flows to the state education depart­ment’s Build­ing Ex­cel­lent Schools To­day pro­gram to help build schools in un­der­funded dis­tricts. BEST re­ceived $1.9 mil­lion last fis­cal year. “We’re in a re­ally good po­si­tion to give them a lot more than we’ve given them in past years,” Christo­pher said.

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