GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- With the recent Mega-Millions jackpot and the high Powerball lotto, Coloradans spent about $57 million on tickets, and it's a good thing for our schools.
The Colorado Lottery helps fund outdoor programs and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Whatever is left over, goes to the BEST grant program to help fund school capital projects. Normally, that is about $2 million going toward schools. However, because of that “lotto-mania,” the lottery is about $30 million ahead of schedule for their fiscal year.
'We could have a really, really slow month in January or February,” said Kelly Tabor, with the Colorado Lottery. “We just don't know, but we do know that BEST will get a lot more than $2 million."
The lottery is guessing they will be able to give schools that $30 million if they stay on track. They said in a normal month of Mega-Million sales, people buy about $8 million worth of tickets.